Missing welding points on the bodies of some Mercedes and Renault models (26/18)


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Fifteen models of six car manufacturers were recalled at the 26th week of 2018 through the Rapex system. Four recalls were announced by Mercedes-Benz, two by Toyota and one by Chrysler, Volkswagen, Mazda, and Nissan.

Missing welding points on the bodywork are a serious problem and its rectification as a part of the recall action will not be as simple as replacing a defective part. We should not forget that back in May 2016, Renault recalled for the same reason its Kadjar model produced at the turn of October and November 2015,

Some missing welding points in the area of the front wheel arch is now reported by Mercedes-Benz in the A-class models with a production date between September 2017 and March 2018. The structural behavior of the vehicle’s front section would be affected in the event of a crash. Incorrectly welded on this model are also Isofix child seat holders. Additionally, some welding points are missing on the front side wall of the Mercedes Sprinter made in September and October 2017. In the Sprinters, manufactured from January to March 2018, the seat height adjuster on the front seats might be inadequately assembled.

Airbags

Exploding airbag inflators have been a big topic of recent years. Their tiny fragments can penetrate the interior of the vehicle and injure the passengers. Who would have thought the problem could only be seen with older cars, would be wrong. Dangerous inflators are being fitted even these days, and Mercedes-Benz is recalling some models made from the beginning of this year until mid-March 2018. It covers a wide range of A-Class, C-Class and E-Class models through the GLA and GLC SUVs to the purely sporty AMG GT.

The fact that this part has already been replaced on your car does not have to mean that you are out of danger. Toyota, for example, is recalling models Corolla and Auris from 2006 to 2013, for which the replacement inflator of the front passenger airbag may have been installed in an incorrect orientation.

Seat Belts

About a month ago, the internet world circulated the Finnish magazine Tekniikan Maailma video, in which the seat belt buckle in the rear seat of the Volkswagen Polo was spontaneously unplugged. The official recall for the VW Polo (2016-2017) has now appeared in the Rapex list. Chrysler Pacifica (2015-2017) has the very same buckle problem, and the left rear seat can be wrongly screwed on Toyota Tundra (2017).

Others

The owners of the Nissan Qashqai, manufactured between June 2017 and February 2018, should check if their cars direction indicator lamp are flashing. The Body Control Module software may be defective and no warning may be given in the event of the malfunction.

Mazda proves the truth that it pays off to watch recalls mainly to the owners of older cars. The Japanese carmaker is currently recalling 15-year-old RX-8 models (2003-2008) due to possible cracks on the socket of the front lower transverse link.

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