BMW, Mini, Mercedes and Maserati announced recalls due to front axle problems (28/18)


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Nine models of five car manufacturers were recalled at the 28th week of 2018 through the Rapex system. BMW, Mini, Mercedes, Dacia and Maserati announced one recall each.

Although it´s always a different issue, the common denominator for most of this week´s recalls is the front axle. At the BMW 2 Series, the BMW X1 and the Mini Countryman, mounted in the week from April 24 (26 in case of Mini) to May 1, 2018, the bearings on the front axle could break. Should this occur, there could be a loss of wheel control while driving.

A much longer period of time concerns the Mercedes-Benz and its new G-Class recall. The safety ring on the right-hand side shaft on the front axle may not be correctly mounted or may be missing. This could lead to the right front wheel suddenly becoming blocked, causing an accident.

Recently there has been a growing number of issues where the bodywork welding is missing. Two years ago Renault recalled its SUV Kadjar for the first time, last August it was Mercedes-Benz with its model Vito/V-Class, and last week again Mercedes-Benz announced a new recall for two models – A-Class and Sprinter. This time Maserati is recalling another three. The Ghibli, Levante and Quattroporte from the second half of 2017 may have a poorly welded front axle frame.

Another problem is solved by Dacia. Only the right-handed Logan MCV and Sandero models, equiped with 1.5 dCi motors, may experience diesel fuel being spread on the road because the fuel hose could rub against various other components.

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