Volkswagen has problems with brake pedals again, while Hyundai with airbags (week 39/21)


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This week recalls:
– Volkswagen, Audi, Škoda – brake pedals
– Hyundai – airbags
– Ford – engine overheating
– Citroën – airbags


21 recalls for 46 models of 13 manufacturers were announced via Rapex in the 39th week of 2021.

The 39th week was unusually rich in recalls. Four were issued by Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, two by Audi. Citroen, Cupra, Fiat, Ford, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Renault, Skoda, Volkswagen, and Volvo have each announced one recall – see table at the end of the article.


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The brake pedals of Volkswagen Group have already been the cause of recalls in the past. Last December, we wrote about it in our article Volkswagen to recall thousands of new cars because of a problem with the brake pedal. A month later, it turned out that the issue also affects vehicles from other Group brands: The brake pedal can break with more than 60,000 VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models.



A new recall for a similar reason has been announced this week for 4,239 VW Arteons and Passats built between November 2019 and May 2021. The push/actuating rod may not be appropriately screwed onto the brake booster and could become detached. As a result, there would no longer be any mechanical connection between the foot brake and the brake booster. Consequently, braking will be possible only by actuating the regulated emergency-braking function of the electronic parking brake (EPB) using the EPB switch on the central console.

The same defect may also occur with the Skoda Superb from the second half of 2019, however, as Škoda Auto spokesman told the car-recalls.eu website, the recall concerns only nine vehicles. There are three cars in Germany, two in the UK, one in Poland, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark.

Audi also recalls A3, Q3 and e-Tron models due to brakes or brake booster issues – see table below.

The Hyundai Tucson may have a problem deploying its curtain airbag in the event of an accident. It’s one of the recalls we’ve previously covered in our article Hyundai: Several recalls for the Tucson, i30, Kona and Ioniq.

Among other actions, it’s worth noting Ford‘s extended recall over overheating engines and older Citroëns over airbag problems.

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



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Recalls announced in the 39th week of 2021

Make, Model (years) Problem
ABT e-Transporter (2019 – 2021) The electrical supply may fail, which could lead to the failure of the vehicle electrical system.
Audi e-Tron (2019 – 2021) A weld on the brake booster may be defective, which could cause the brake booster, ABS and ESP to fail.
Audi A3 (2020 – 2021) The bolt of the pressure-input shaft situated between the electromechanical brake servo and the brake pedal may come loose.
Audi Q3 (2020 – 2021) The bolt of the pressure-input shaft situated between the electromechanical brake servo and the brake pedal may come loose.
Citroen C3 (2009 – 2017) The gas generator of the driver and/or front-seat passenger airbag could be defective.
Citroen C4 (2009 – 2017) The gas generator of the driver and/or front-seat passenger airbag could be defective.
Citroen DS3 (2009 – 2017) The gas generator of the driver and/or front-seat passenger airbag could be defective.
Citroen DS4 (2009 – 2017) The gas generator of the driver and/or front-seat passenger airbag could be defective.
Citroen DS5 (2011 – 2017) The gas generator of the driver and/or front-seat passenger airbag could be defective.
Cupra Formentor (2020 – 2021) Due to a manufacturing error, seat belt anchorage points for the front seats may be inadequate.
Cupra Leon (2020 – 2021) Due to a manufacturing error, seat belt anchorage points for the front seats may be inadequate.
Fiat Ducato (2021) The seat-belt anchorage on the seat swivel plate may not have been manufactured correctly.
Ford Galaxy (2010 – 2014) Localised overheating of the engine cylinder head can occur due to the engine not containing sufficient coolant.
Ford Mondeo (2010 – 2014) Localised overheating of the engine cylinder head can occur due to the engine not containing sufficient coolant.
Ford S-Max (2010 – 2014) Localised overheating of the engine cylinder head can occur due to the engine not containing sufficient coolant.
Hyundai Tucson (2020 – 2021) The curtain airbags may not deploy as intended.
Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT (2020) The electrical connector of the side-impact sensors might not be correctly latched and could become detached.
Mercedes-Benz CLS (2020) The electrical connector of the side-impact sensors might not be correctly latched and could become detached.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2020) The electrical connector of the side-impact sensors might not be correctly latched and could become detached.
Mercedes-Benz G-Class (2020) The electrical connector of the side-impact sensors might not be correctly latched and could become detached.
Mercedes-Benz GLB (2019) The software in the airbag control unit may not correctly identify the trigger points.
Mercedes-Benz GLC (2020) The electrical connector of the side-impact sensors might not be correctly latched and could become detached.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2019 – 2020) The middle fold-down rear headrest may not be correctly locked into the in-use position.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2020) The electrical connector of the side-impact sensors might not be correctly latched and could become detached.
Mercedes-Benz EQC (2020) The electrical connector of the side-impact sensors might not be correctly latched and could become detached.
Mercedes-Benz EQV (2021) Due to a production fault, the functioning of the side airbags may be impaired.
Mercedes-Benz V-Class / Vito (2021) Due to a production fault, the functioning of the side airbags may be impaired.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (2017 – 2020) The clip on the front-right wheel arch moulding may come off during high-speed driving.
Porsche Boxster (2012 – 2014) The cradle side panels on the rear axle may be defective.
Porsche Boxster (2019 – 2020) Due to a manufacturing defect, the seal on the high-pressure fuel pipe on cylinder bank 2 may be defective.
Porsche Cayman (2012 – 2014) The cradle side panels on the rear axle may be defective.
Porsche Cayman (2019 – 2020) Due to a manufacturing defect, the seal on the high-pressure fuel pipe on cylinder bank 2 may be defective.
Porsche Cayenne S Diesel (2012 – 2017) The affected vehicles may not meet the prescribed emission limits.
Porsche Macan (2014 – 2017) The conductive material of the occupancy sensor mats on the passenger seat may tear.
Renault Twizy (2020) The speedometer may indicate 45 km/h while the vehicle is driven at 80 km/h.
Skoda Superb (2019) The screw connection of the pushrod between the brake pedal and the brake booster may become detached.
Volkswagen Arteon (2019 – 2021) The push/actuating rod may not be properly screwed onto the brake booster and could become detached.
Volkswagen Passat (2019 – 2021) The push/actuating rod may not be properly screwed onto the brake booster and could become detached.
Volvo S60 (2020 – 2021) The brake booster, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and the electronic stability control (ESC) could be disabled.
Volvo V60 (2020 – 2021) The brake booster, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and the electronic stability control (ESC) could be disabled.
Volvo V60 Cross Country (2020 – 2021) The brake booster, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and the electronic stability control (ESC) could be disabled.
Volvo S90 / S90L (2020 – 2021) The brake booster, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and the electronic stability control (ESC) could be disabled.
Volvo V90 (2020 – 2021) The brake booster, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and the electronic stability control (ESC) could be disabled.
Volvo V90 Cross Country (2020 – 2021) The brake booster, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and the electronic stability control (ESC) could be disabled.
Volvo XC40 (2020 – 2021) The brake booster, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and the electronic stability control (ESC) could be disabled.
Volvo XC60 (2020 – 2021) The brake booster, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and the electronic stability control (ESC) could be disabled.
Volvo XC90 (2020 – 2021) The brake booster, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and the electronic stability control (ESC) could be disabled.

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