Toyota and Suzuki recall hybrids; Powertrain may suddenly shut down (week 9/23)

This week’s recalls:
– Toyota, Suzuki – hybrid system
– Alfa Romeo Tonale – fire risk
– Opel Astra – seat belts
– Toyota – fire risk

Six recalls for 11 models of six carmakers were announced via Rapex in the 9th week of 2023. A further five actions have been published by the German Motor Vehicle Authority (KBA).

Alfa Romeo, Citroën, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot and Toyota each have a recall in Rapex – see the table at the end of the article. Honda, Chevrolet, Jeep, Land Rover, Suzuki and Toyota are recalling through the KBA.

There was a recall in Rapex this week for the new Alfa Romeo Tonale. The 48-volt battery may have been manufactured without protective material on the interface, which can lead to a loss of driving power and a fire risk. Sixty-five cars built between January and October 2022 may be affected. For the Mercedes C-Class (2020 – 2021), in 155 cases, the inappropriate foam was used in the front bumper, which may cause the active bonnet release not to deploy in the event of a collision with a pedestrian. For the Opel Astra (2022), the front seatbelt pre-tensioner may malfunction when the front passenger airbag is deactivated.

Damage to the heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) wiring harness caused by contact with the clutch pedal could result in the automatic activation of the air conditioning in Peugeot 208s manufactured from February 2021 to February 2022. This could lead to a short circuit in the wires and subsequent fire. Toyota recalls several models (Aygo, Aygo X, Yaris, GR Yaris, Hilux, Land Cruiser, Proace City, RAV4) due to a faulty auxiliary battery terminal. This may disable the power steering support. In addition, the battery terminal may overheat at low speeds, increasing the fire risk. However, “only” 356 cars built from October 2021 to October 2022 are being recalled.

Toyota and Suzuki PHEV

The recall for Toyota and Suzuki plug-in hybrids is not yet in Rapex. However, according to KBA, invitation letters should be sent to owners as early as the end of February 2022. Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variants of the Toyota RAV4 from 25 November 2019 to 24 June 2021 and the Suzuki Across from 8 June 2020 to 16 June 2021 require a software update. If the hybrid battery voltage drops below a certain threshold, the hybrid system could suddenly shut down while driving. For this to happen, the driver would have to press the accelerator pedal quickly after the car has been driven continuously in purely electric mode in very cold temperatures. The recall affects approximately 21,000 Toyota compact SUVs and 3,631 related Suzuki Across.

Other KBA Recalls

Land Rover and Jeep are also recalling hybrid models. Honda is recalling the FIT and HR-V due to a faulty display and reversing camera. Nearly half a million Chevrolet Silverado pickups may have defective head airbags.

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

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Rapex Recalls announced in the 9th week of 2023

Make, Model (years) Problem
Alfa Romeo Tonale (2022)The vehicles may have been equipped with a 48 Volt battery manufactured without protective interface material.
Citroen C3 (2022)Insufficient tightening of screws could lead to the uncoupling of a connection between a wheel and the axle arm.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class (2020 – 2021)Improper foam used in the front bumper.
Opel Astra (2022)The front seatbelt pre-tensioner may malfunction.
Peugeot 208 (2021 – 2022)The air conditioning may be activated automatically.
Toyota Aygo (2021 – 2022)The auxiliary battery terminal may be faulty.
Toyota Hilux (2021 – 2022)The auxiliary battery terminal may be faulty.
Toyota Land Cruiser (2021 – 2022)The auxiliary battery terminal may be faulty.
Toyota ProAce City (2021 – 2022)The auxiliary battery terminal may be faulty.
Toyota RAV4 (2021 – 2022)The auxiliary battery terminal may be faulty.
Toyota Yaris (2021 – 2022)The auxiliary battery terminal may be faulty.

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