Recalls for Fiat, Kia and Lancia small models; Mercedes vans at risk of fire (week 23/22)



This week’s recalls:
– Kia Soul – airbag sensors
– Fiat 500 – steering gear rod
– Lancia Ypsilon – steering gear rod
– Mercedes V-Class – fire risk


Four recalls for four models of four carmakers were announced via Rapex in the 23rd week of 2022.

Fiat, Kia, Lancia, and Mercedes-Benz have each announced one recall – see table at the end of the article.



Kia has announced a recall for 164,590 Soul model series vehicles, where the two frontal impact sensors may separate in the event of an accident. This can affect airbag activation and increase the risk of injury. Vehicles manufactured between July 2013 and June 2015 may be affected. In previous weeks, Kia has had recalls for other models as well.

Fiat is recalling 174 small 500 and 500 Abarth models produced at the end of March this year. The locking nut of the steering gear rod may not be adequately tightened, which can lead to loss of steering and increase the risk of an accident. The same fault may also be present in the related Lancia Ypsilon from the same production period.



Mercedes-Benz announced a recall due to the risk of fire for several model classes in January 2022. Now, the action has been extended to the diesel Vito and V-Class models, bringing the total number of recalled vehicles to nearly one million. We wrote about it in the article
Fire risk: Mercedes-Benz extends recall to nearly one million cars

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



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Recalls announced in the 23rd week of 2022

Make, Model (years) Problem
Fiat 500 (2022) The locking nut of the steering gear rod may be insufficiently tightened.
Lancia Ypsilon (2022) The locking nut of the steering gear rod may be insufficiently tightened.
Kia Soul (2013 – 2015) In the event of a collision the two frontal impact sensors may separate.
Mercedes-Benz V-Class / Vito (2020 – 2021) The vacuum-controlled coolant pump may not be tightly sealed between the coolant and vacuum circuits.

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