This week’s recalls:
– Land Rover MHEV – electrical short, fire
– Mercedes GLB – rear spoiler
– Renault Kadjar – child lock
– Mitsubishi Pajero – front lower arm
Six recalls of five manufacturers were issued for seven models in the 48th week of 2020 through the Rapex system. Ford, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, and Mitsubishi announced one recall each, while Renault had two.
An electrical overload in the 48Volt (V) electrical system may cause a failure of the Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor (MOSFET) with Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover Evoque MHEV mild-hybrid models manufactured between May 2018 to October 2020. This may cause an electrical cascade failure, causing the DCDC convertor to experience an electrical short where the 12V circuit shorts to ground.
As a result, smoke from the DCDC converter can be vented into the passenger compartment, and where sufficient oxygen exists, a sustained vehicle fire may occur.
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The outer shell of the rear spoiler may be poorly attached to Mercedes GLBs manufactured between April 2019 and June 2020. The spoiler may fly off while driving, posing a risk to other cars.
Model years 2017 and 2018 Mitsubishi Pajero may have a poorly welded right-hand side front lower arm. The vehicle might be unstable during driving. With the Renault Kadjar produced between 2013 to 2017, the rear door child lock could come to loose unnoticed, as a result of which the doors could be opened from the inside.
The last two recalls are just an extension of the previously announced recalls with the Renault Master and Ford Kuga PHEV.
See the table below for all the recalls from this week.
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Recalls announced in the 48th week of 2020
|Make, Model (years)||Problem|
|Ford Kuga PHEV (2019 – 2020)||Internal or charging fault could cause the High Voltage (HV) battery pack to vent hot gas.|
|Land Rover Discovery Sport MHEV (2018 – 2020)||An electrical overload in the 48Volt (V) electrical system may cause a failure of the transistor.|
|Range Rover Evoque MHEV (2018 – 2020)||An electrical overload in the 48Volt (V) electrical system may cause a failure of the transistor.|
|Mercedes-Benz GLB (2019 – 2020)||The outer shell of the rear spoiler might not have been welded.|
|Mitsubishi Pajero (2016 – 2018)||The right-hand side front lower arm might break during vehicle usage.|
|Renault Master (2019)||The earth connection in the trailer socket is inadequate.|
|Renault Kadjar (2015 – 2018)||The child safety lock on the rear doors could come to loose unnoticed.|