Porsche reports suspension problems, Mitsubishi ASX with tailpipe falling on the road (week 39/18)

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13 models of seven car manufacturers were recalled at the 39th week of 2018 through the Rapex system. Three recalls were announced by Porsche, two by Mercedes-Benz and one by Mini, Dodge, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi and Toyota. Indian and Suzuki motorcycles are also recalled.

Three recalls for three different models were announced this week by Porsche. Two of them concern suspension and may be particularly dangerous. On the Panameras, manufactured between 9 September 2015 and 5 June 2018, a restricted durability of the coupling rods may occur and driving behaviour can be impaired. On the 918 Spyders from 2013 to 2015 the bolts of the longitudinal and transverse arms can even completely corrode and rupture. Due to a defect in the front axle, the 918 Spyder was recalled already in March 2015 – we wrote here. Porsche’s third this week´s recall concerns the Cayenne model produced from 2016 to 2018, with a seat belt buckle in the middle rear seat being defective.


Mitsubishi has already announced three recalls for ASX this year – in January due to the overheating relay and in August due to the parking brake and wiperssee our archive. The fourth recall concerns the risk of exhaust failure. The weld between the rear muffler and the tailpipe may crack and drop on the road on all 2011 to 2018 Model year cars.


Often recalled is also the Toyota ProAce model – see our archive. This time appears at the Rapex list for a possible deformation of the trailer coupling device, if a trailer is used. If this occurs, it may become difficult to control the vehicle and the trailer might become detached from the vehicle. Due to the same problem, the Peugeot and Citroën sister models were also recalled earlier.


Due to the risk of fire, Mercedes is recalling three of its SUVs – GL models (2010-2016), GLE (2015-2016) and GLS produced in 2016. The sealing cap of the Active Curve System’s oil reservoir does not prevent oil from leaking out. Oil may leak out and spray onto hot components. As a consequence, it may ignite and lead to a fire. The C-Class and the E-class models from this year´s March may have an insufficient left-hand gap between the exhaust system and the lower engine compartment cover. There is a risk of fire here too.


Due to the poorly secured active head restraints, the German carmaker recalled the Passat models earlier this year in June – we wrote here. At that time, the cars produced in February and March 2018 were affected. Cars with a production date of May 4th 2018 to June 3rd 2018 are now having a similar problem.


The Mini car manufacturer does not recall too often – since 2014 we have only five records in our database. The latest one is for the Countryman models: A crash guard is lacking for the high-pressure fuel pump in the engine compartment. For cars produced between the December 30th 2016 and August 13th 2018, there is a higher risk of fire in case of an accident.


Short circuit and fire may also disable Dodge RAM models produced between 2012 and 2017. These cars may have a faulty water pump.


Suzuki DL250 V-Strom motorcycles may not have the mounting inserts for the top case rack strong enough. As a consequence, the top case rack could break and the top case fall onto the road. At the Indian Scout and his Sixty and Bobber versions there might be air in the brake liquid circuit of the ABS system. This can cause a decrease in the performance of the brake, which could increase the risk of an accident.


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