Kia and Mercedes at risk of fire; Volvo may accelerate on its own (week 20/22)

This week’s recalls:
– Kia Sorento – risk of fire
– Mercedes GLE, GLS – risk of fire
– Volvo XC40 – spontaneous acceleration
– Mercedes C-Class – active bonnet

Five recalls for six models of three carmakers were announced via Rapex in the 20th week of 2022.

Kia and Mercedes-Benz have two recall each, while Volvo has announced one – see table at the end of the article.

In addition, a recall has been announced for two Alfa Romeo models due to a fault with the automatic headlight adjustment.

This week, two recalls have been posted in the Rapex list for the previous and current generation Kia Sorento. In both cases, it is because of a fire risk. Around half a million 2014 – 2020 Sorento (UM) SUVs are being recalled globally, with the number of Sorento (MQ4) vehicles not yet specified. We write about both recalls in our article: Kia recalls diesel engines due to fire risk.

Coincidentally, this was just a year ago when the Korean carmaker reported a fire risk in the smaller Sportage SUV. In this case, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) module was to blame, and the recall affected 1.7 million cars built between March 2015 and October 2020. We wrote about it in our Week 21/2021 Overview.

Fire is also imminent for around 50,000 Mercedes GLE and GLS-Class SUVs built between October 2018 and November 2021. An inadequately tightened ground screw on the 48V circuit under the passenger seat is why. With approximately 2,000 Mercedes C-Class cars from late 2021, the active hood may fail in a pedestrian collision.

Nearly 20,000 the model year 2021 and 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge electric SUVs may experience spontaneous acceleration due to corrosion on the accelerator pedal sensor.

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

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Recalls announced in the 20th week of 2022

Make, Model (years) Problem
Kia Sorento (2014 – 2020) The positive temperature coefficient heater of vehicles fitted with diesel engines may overheat.
Kia Sorento (2020 – 2021) The fuel supply pipe may have been installed improperly, which may result in a fuel leak.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class (2021) An erroneous notch in the impact absorber may lead to failure of the active bonnet.
Mercedes-Benz GLE (2018 – 2021) The bolt for the 48V ground connection under the passenger seat may have been secured with insufficient torque.
Mercedes-Benz GLS (2018 – 2021) The bolt for the 48V ground connection under the passenger seat may have been secured with insufficient torque.
Volvo XC40 Recharge (2021 – 2022) Damaged cables or connections on the accelerator pedal sensor because of corrosion may cause unintentional acceleration.

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