Oil or Fuel Leaks Reported by Peugeot, Ford, Hyundai and Jaguar – March 2018 saw 28 Recalls


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In March 2018, 28 recalls were issued via the EU Rapex system concerning 58 models from 17 automakers. Volkswagen announced most recalls (4), while Jaguar and Seat reported three and Fiat, Ford, Hyundai, and Land Rover had two recalls each. At least one recall was reported by Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Kia, Lexus, Opel, Peugeot, Škoda and Suzuki. 12-year-old Chrysler Crossfire was the oldest car recalled in March.

Volkswagen Group

For Audi A3s made from March to August 2011, a problem with starter motor overheating was reported which threatened to cause a fire. The same problem was found in the Volkswagen Passat, Golf, Polo, Sharan, Scirocco, Passat CC, Eos, Touran, Jetta, Beetle and Tiguan models produced between March and July 2011. Links to all affected models are available in the table below.

Another group subsidiary, Seat, reported that the starter relay may overheat and ignite. The issue affected the Altea, Leon, Ibiza and Alhambra models made in the spring of 2011.

Volkswagens produced at the beginning of 2018 may suffer from problems with cracking brake discs. The issue was found in Tiguan’s, Golfs, Passat’s in addition to Arteon’s manufactured between January 19 to February 14, 2018.

The new Škoda Karoq had its first recall. The cars made in October and November 2017, activated curtain airbags could cause a breakage of a A pillar cover. The 2015 Seat Leon had its fair share of airbag problems too. Small metal parts may injure the crew after airbag activation it was reported. The same hazard was found in MPV Alhambra’s made in 2017. Multivans and Transporters VW T6 produced in November and December 2017 were recalled due to incorrectly folded passenger airbags.

Leaking oil

Overheating, oil leakage and subsequent failures were found to be an issue in Peugeot engines made in 2014 and 2015. The failure was found in 308, 3008, 508 and 5008 models. In March, Ford recalled its 1.6 EcoBoost petrol engines (2010 – 2014) due to risk of cracking heads. In March, Ford expanded the recalls also to cars featuring 2.0 Duratorq diesel engines. These engines may suffer from overheating and subsequent damage to the oil sump. The recall involves the S-Max, Galaxy, Mondeo, Kuga, C-Max and Focus models with a production date between July 18, 2014 to October 19, 2015.

In Ford Fiestas made in December 2017, a brake booster diaphragm may be defective. The issue threatens the loss of vacuum and reduction in the efficiency of the braking system.

Leaking fuel

Hyundai recalls their Tucson’s and Santa Fes manufactured in 2011 over leaking fuel that poses a risk of fire. Jaguars produced between September 2016 and August 2017 may also suffer from fuel leaks in the engine compartment. The problem was reported for the XF, XE, E-Pace, F-Pace and F-Type models. The same defect, a leaking weld on a fuel line, was responsible for a recall of the following Land Rover models – Range Rover, Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Velar and Discover Sport with a production date between May 5, 2016 to January 31, 2018. Fuel leakage was also detected in 2011 Kia Sorentos.

Lexus RC F’s fuel problems have a different cause: vibration may damage the fuel pump housing causing fuel leakage through the cracks. In Fiat 500 L models the fuel line could chafe over a heat shield at the bottom of the bodywork.

Even Jaguar’s XF Sportbreak (2017-2018) has not been spared of problems as a retention module (SRS) could fail and the crew would not be sufficiently protected in an accident as a result. In E-Paces (October 4 to December 22, 2017), poorly fitted front brake hoses were found. The hoses could come into contact with the tyre, leading to chafing and ultimately a loss of brake fluid. Range Rover Velars produced from April to November 2017 were recalled over improperly working windshield air vents that cause fogging up.

Bolts and nuts

Insufficiently tightened or missing bolts trouble also German cars. 2016 and 2017 Volkswagen Crafters were recalled due to a tow bar bolt, while BMW X3s made at the end of 2017 and start of 2018 were recalled over rear spoiler bolts, which could come loose while driving. Opel Movanos manufactured in 2016 and 2017 may not have a properly tightened the central part of the steering column. The issue represents a risk of loss of control over the vehicle.


In March 2018, Alfa Romeo recalled three of its models – Giulia, Giulietta and Stelvio produced from November to December 2017. Brakes are the perpetrator here – the fluid that drives the brake and clutch system could be contaminated by mineral oil which could damage parts of both systems. Hyundai was hit by issues with its ABS electronic system. The problem affects the Grandeur and Sonata models from 2004 to 2013. An imminent short circuit could cause a vehicle fire.

Suzuki announced two recalls in March. For the Baleno, Swift and Ignis models from 2015 to 2017, the water pump belt may break and the start-stop system may discharge the battery.

Short circuit and risk of fire haven’t spared Fiat 500 L cars produced from 2012 to 2017. The problem is caused by faulty insulation of the additional heating cabling, which can be damaged.

Rapex Recalls Overview – March 2018

Make Model Year Problem
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Stelvia Giulia 2017 Brakes
Audi A3 2011 Fire
BMW X3 2017 2018 Bodywork
Chrysler Crossfire 20062008 Airbag
Fiat 500 L 20122017 Fire
Fiat 500 L 20172018 Fire
Ford Fiesta 2017 Brakes
Ford S-Max Galaxy Mondeo Kuga C-Max Focus 2014 2015 Engine (oil leak)
Hyundai Grandeur Sonata 20042013 Fire
Hyundai Santa Fe Tucson 2011 Fire
Jaguar XF Sportbreak 2017 2018 Airbag
Jaguar E-Pace 2017 Brakes
Jaguar XE XF E-Pace F-Pace F-Type 2016 2017 Fuel
Kia Sorento 2011 Fire
Land Rover Range Rover Range Rover Evoque Range Rover Velar Discovery Sport 2016 2017 2018 Fuel
Land Rover Range Rover Velar 2017 Bodywork
Lexus RC-F 20142017 Fire
Opel Movano 2016 2017 Steering
Peugeot 508 5008 308 3008 2014 2015 Engine (oil leak)
Seat Leon 2014 Airbag
Seat Alhambra Altea Leon Ibiza 2011 Fire
Seat Alhambra 2016 Airbag
Škoda Karoq 2017 Airbag
Suzuki Baleno Swift Ignis 20152017 Engine
Volkswagen Passat Golf Polo Sharan Scirocco Passat CC Eos Touran Jetta Beetle Tiguan 2011 Fire
Volkswagen T6 2017 Airbag
Volkswagen Tiguan Golf Passat Arteon 2018 Brakes
Volkswagen Crafter 2016 2017 Airbag

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