Fire risk with Mercedes; seatbelts problem with Audi, Jaguar and Land Rover (week 35/22)



This week’s recalls:
– Mercedes – the risk of fire
– Audi – seatbelt reels
– Jaguar + Land Rover – pre-tensioner tubes


Four recalls for 12 models of four carmakers were announced via Rapex in the 35th week of 2022.

Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Mercedes-Benz have one recall each – see the table at the end of the article.



The seal on the gearbox connector is incorrectly fitted on almost 57,000 Mercedes E-Class, CLS and AMG GTs built between November 2015 and April 2022. Splashing water can penetrate the connector when driving in wet conditions and cause a short circuit, increasing the fire risk.

Due to a manufacturing defect, the front seat belt reels may not achieve full restraint on over 20,000 Audi A3 and Audi RS3 vehicles, with a production date between November 2018 and January 2022. The defect increases the risk of injury in the event of an accident.



Jaguar F-Type, F-Pace, XE and XF manufactured from 19 January 2022 to 15 March 2022 may have a problem with the seatbelt pre-tensioners. The same fault may also occur with Land Rover Defender, Discovery, Range Rover Sport, and Range Rover Velar manufactured from early January to 24 May 2022.

Details on this week’s recalls can be found in the table below.



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Recalls announced in the 35th week of 2022

Make, Model (years) Problem
Audi A3 / RS3 (2018 – 2022) Deviations in the manufacturing process may result in either of the front seat belt reels not achieving full restraint.
Jaguar F-Pace (2022) The pre-tensioner tubes might have been damaged during assembly due to a manufacturing defect.
Jaguar F-Type (2022) The pre-tensioner tubes might have been damaged during assembly due to a manufacturing defect.
Jaguar XE (2022) The pre-tensioner tubes might have been damaged during assembly due to a manufacturing defect.
Jaguar XF (2022) The pre-tensioner tubes might have been damaged during assembly due to a manufacturing defect.
Land Rover Defender (2022) The pre-tensioner tubes might have been damaged during assembly due to a manufacturing defect.
Land Rover Discovery (2022) The pre-tensioner tubes might have been damaged during assembly due to a manufacturing defect.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport (2022) The pre-tensioner tubes might have been damaged during assembly due to a manufacturing defect.
Land Rover Range Rover Velar (2022) The pre-tensioner tubes might have been damaged during assembly due to a manufacturing defect.
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 4-door (2015 – 2022) The splashed water can enter the socket contact when driving in wet conditions and can lead to a short circuit.
Mercedes-Benz CLS (2015 – 2022) The splashed water can enter the socket contact when driving in wet conditions and can lead to a short circuit.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2015 – 2022) The splashed water can enter the socket contact when driving in wet conditions and can lead to a short circuit.

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