The first recall for electric Honda e and Fiat 500e; Mercedes Citan with fire risk (week 14/21)


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This week recalls:
– Honda e, Fiat 500e – seat-belts, airbag
– Mercedes Citan – fire risk
– Audi, VW – airbag sensors
– Ford – fire risk


Eight recalls of six manufacturers were issued for fourteen models in the 14th week of 2021 through the Rapex system. Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen announced two recalls, while Audi, Fiat, Ford and Honda had one each.

The first recall was announced for the new Honda E electric car. In Europe, it concerns 3,138 vehicles in a retro design for which the seat belt warning device is not working properly. The multi-information display does not show whether the rear seatbelts are fastened or not.

Another small electric car recalled is the Fiat 500e. With more than 14,000 cars manufactured between September 2020 and January 2021, the passenger airbag deactivation status may not be displayed correctly. Using a child seat with the front seat airbag active could increase the risk of injury to the child in the event of an accident.



Mercedes-Benz recalls over 8,000 Citan vans manufactured between February 2018 to April 2019. The fuel line may not be installed correctly and could be damaged, leading to an increased risk of fire. The second Mercedes recall is for larger Vito vans, with which the passenger seat frame may not have been welded correctly. The recall covers 157 vans manufactured in November and December 2020.



Audi, Ford and Volkswagen have announced various smaller-scale recalls. With several VW Group models (Audi A6, A7, A8, Q7, Q8 and VW Golf 8), faulty crash sensors for the airbag restraint systems may have been installed in the front doors. This could impair the protective effect of the side airbags, head airbags and/or seat belt pre-tensioners. The 2007 Volkswagens Polo and Passat are also being recalled for Takata airbags.

With Ford Fiesta and Puma mild-hybrid models, the traction battery’s earth connection could become loose, leading to an increased risk of fire.

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


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Recalls announced in the 14th week of 2021

Make, Model (years) Problem
Audi A6 (2020) Faulty crash sensors for the airbag restraint systems may have been installed in both the front doors.
Audi A7 (2020) Faulty crash sensors for the airbag restraint systems may have been installed in both the front doors.
Audi A8 (2020) Faulty crash sensors for the airbag restraint systems may have been installed in both the front doors.
Audi Q7 (2020) Faulty crash sensors for the airbag restraint systems may have been installed in both the front doors.
Audi Q8 (2020) Faulty crash sensors for the airbag restraint systems may have been installed in both the front doors.
Fiat 500e (2020 – 2021) Software errors in the airbag control unit.
Ford Fiesta mHEV (2020) The earth connection of the traction battery may not be tightened with the correct torque.
Ford Puma mHEV (2020) The earth connection of the traction battery may not be tightened with the correct torque.
Honda e (2019 – 2020) Due to incorrect programming, the seat belt occupancy sensor may be displayed incorrectly.
Mercedes-Benz Citan (2018 – 2019) The fuel line may be installed incorrectly.
Mercedes-Benz Vito (2020) The seat frame of the passenger seat may not have been welded correctly.
Volkswagen Golf 8 (2020) Faulty crash sensors for the airbag restraint systems may have been installed in both the front doors.
Volkswagen Passat (2007) The airbag inflator body may rupture and metal fragments may pass through the cushion material.
Volkswagen Polo (2007) The airbag inflator body may rupture and metal fragments may pass through the cushion material.

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