February 2018 saw 22 recalls – Ford’s EcoBoost 1.6 engines prone to cylinder head cracking
11. 3. 2018 Category: Monthly Overviews
In February 2018, 22 recalls were reported through the EU Rapex alert system, involving 32 models of 18 brands. Ford and Peugeot issued the most recalls (3), while Citroën, Honda and Lexus had two each. At least one recall was announced by Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Fiat, Hyundai, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Renault, Seat, Škoda, Toyota and Volkswagen. The oldest cars recalled in February were made in 2009 and include a 9-year-old Honda Civic, Jazz, CR-V and Insight.
The Ford Focus and C-Max models produced in autumn 2016 may suffer from cracks in their alloy wheels. However, a more serious issue was reported for the 2010-2014 Transit Connect, Fiesta ST, C-Max, Focus and Kuga models which were recalled over cracking cylinder heads in their 1.6 EcoBoost engines.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG was recalled for the second time in a short period of time. In January, it was recalled due to a possible seat belt stuck and again in February due to the incompatibility of the seats and the roll bar.
BMW recalled 1 Series models made in the summer of 2017. “The easy-entry system for the front seats with electric adjustment may have been incorrectly manufactured. This could lead to the back rest failing to lock adequately, increasing the risk of injury in the event of an accident,” the protocol reads.
The entire Volkswagen Groups struggles with rear wheel-bearing housing. The Group first recalled VW models, followed by Škoda. In February, Seat’s Atecas followed suit. Similarly, the cracking tow eye was first reported in January for Seat Miis and in February for the Škoda Citigo as well as Rapid models. Poorly welded passenger airbag gas generators may be an issue for Volkswagen CC and Sharan in addition to Audi Q3 models produced in autumn 2016.
Control unit relay
It turned out that the 2014-2016 Citroën C4 Aircrosses suffer from the same problem as its sister models did earlier – failure of the control unit relay may cause the engine to suddenly stop. For the same reason, the 2014-2016 Peugeot 4008 was recalled as well. The larger Peugeot 5008 (2016-2017) was hit with a poorly guided fuel hose that could chafe due to rubbing against the fuel tank cover.
The 2015-2016 Citroën C4 Aircross and Peugeot 4008 models popped up one more time in the February Rapex report. In both models, the interior door lock component may fail and open while driving. The same issue was found also in the 2014 and 2015 Ford Mustangs.
Faulty fuel tank welds in the Lexus CT 200h made between 2016-2017 may cause fuel leakage. The Hybrid SUV’s NX300h and RX450h produced in the year 2015 were recalled over the side/curtain airbags that may not develop due to a pressure sensor failure in the event of accident. The same problem was reported for Toyota Prius of the same production year.
Talking about electric cars and hybrids, Renault Zoes made between July and October 2017 were accidentally equipped with a Nissan accelerator pedal instead of the Renault’s. The issue could lead to the driver’s foot being stuck in the carpet. Hyundai‘s hybrid Ioniq was not spared either. The cars made in 2016 and 2017 have problems with the sealing of the control units aluminium housing. As the result, the coolant could leak in the unit and cause a short circuit.
Airbags and restraint systems
The notorious problem of high internal airbag pressure has resurfaced in Honda cars. The Insight, Jazz, CR-V and Civic models procuded in 2009 and 2010 were recalled. Passengers sitting in the second row of a Honda Odyssey could be injured by poorly secured seats. The Jeep Compases built between August to November 2017 were recalled due to badly tightened nuts that secure the passenger’s airbag and that could cause injury to the crew. Aston Martin has made it on the February overview too. Just like Mercedes recently, the DB11s suffer from an electrostatic discharge problem of the steering wheel that threatens to activate the driver’s airbag when not required.
The class of vans is represented by the Nissan NV400 and Fiat Ducato (both made in 2016 and 2017) in our February overview. The former suffers from a cracking fuel filter holder, while in the latter the intercooler hose may crack.