Engine wiring loom damage with Ford Focus, small brake discs with Mercedes C-Class (week 26/20)

This week’s recalls:
– Ford Focus – wiring loom
– Mercedes C – brake discs
– Peugeot 3008 – trailer hitch

9 recalls for 10 models were issued by seven carmakers in the 26th week of 2020 through the Rapex system. Three recalls were announced by Mercedes-Benz, while Alpina, Dodge, Ford, Peugeot, Seat, and Volkswagen issued one recall each.

Possible damage to the engine wiring harness by coming into contact with a bolt on the transmission housing was announced with the Ford Focus already in January 2020. At that time, it was a recall for cars manufactured between March 2018 to May 2019. The problem with the wiring routing was probably not solved, because another recall for the same reason is now reappearing. This time for cars manufactured between August 2019 to March 2020.

With the Mercedes C-Class produced between 13 September 2018 and 6 October 2019, the brake discs installed on the front axle may be too small (in diameter and thickness) and would not sit symmetrically in the brake calliper. As a result, the brake lining can wear out and a gap between the piston and the sealing ring can be formed, allowing brake fluid to leak out. This will also impair braking performance.

Everyone who owns a new Peugeot 3008 built between November 2019 to February 2020 and is going on holiday with a trailer behind should be careful. The bolts attaching the trailer hitch can break and the trailer can become detached.

See the table below for all the recalls from this week.

Recalls announced in the 26th week of 2020

Make, Model (years)Problem
Alpina B3 (1997 – 2000)The ammonium nitrate propellant used in the airbag inflator may experience a material alteration over time.
Dodge RAM (2013 – 2019)Due to thermal fatigue, cracks can occur in the exhaust gas re-circulation (EGR) cooler.
Ford Focus (2019 – 2020)The engine wiring loom may be damaged by coming into contact with a bolt on the transmission housing.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class (2018 – 2019)The brake discs installed on the front axle may be too small (in diameter and thickness).
Mercedes-Benz G-Class (2017 – 2019)An incorrectly embossed lock symbol for the child safety locks may lead to misinterpretations.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2017 – 2019)The material used in two closure plugs on the engine might not be able to withstand the maximum load.
Peugeot 3008 (2019 – 2020)The bolts attaching the trailer hitch can break.
Seat Arona (2020)The double buckle for the safety belts can be defective.
Seat Ibiza (2020)The double buckle for the safety belts can be defective.
Volkswagen Polo (2020)The double rear safety-belt buckles may be damaged due to a manufacturing error.


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About the Author

Roman Beránek

Czech independent motoring journalist, ex-editor of CNC's Auto.cz website, former host of the Czech Radio's and CzechTV's "Automotorevue" show. He founded the car-recalls.eu website in 2016 to make car owners better informed and to help to improve road safety.

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