Vehicle safety notices – BMW stall issue leads May recalls

Vehicle safety notices – BMW stall issue leads May recalls
Vehicle safety notices – BMW stall issue leads May recalls

The recall of more than 300,000 BMW vehicles is among a list of safety notices issued by vehicle manufacturers last month.

Mercedes, Jaguar, Kia and Hyundai were among other car makers to issue mandatory recalls for their cars.

Vehicle recalls are common in the automotive industry and are generally a result of the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), or the manufacturer determining that a fault in a vehicle constitutes a safety defect. According to the DVSA Code of Conduct, a car must be recalled if: “a failure due to design and/or construction, is likely to affect the safe operation of the product/aftermarket part without prior warning to the user and may pose a significant risk to the driver, occupants and others. This defect will be common to a number of products/aftermarket parts that have been sold for use in the United Kingdom”.

Among the key recalls since the start of May were:

BMW:

Models affected: 1 Series, 3 Series, X1, Z4 built between 03/2007 and 08/2011

Concern: Plug in contact cable may malfunction

Description: It is possible that the connection between the B+ cable and the Power Distribution Box can become damaged by wear and heat, which is caused by high current flow and high contact resistance. Normally, this will result in a non-start situation after parking the vehicle. However, it is possible that this could, in extreme cases, occur whilst the vehicle is in motion. The driver should be made aware of the issue by flickering of the instrument cluster (dash) or an engine mis-fire; but if the driver does not, then the engine could cut-out without warning..

Remedial action: Recall all affected vehicles and replace the cable/connection with a more robust item.

Citroen:

Models affected: C4 Picasso (B78), Berlingo built between 13/11/2017 and 26/11/2017

Concern: Airbag may not be triggered in the event of a collision  

Description:On the affected vehicles, an internal component within the airbag triggering ECU may have been damaged which could lead to non deployment. There are no early warning signs or symptoms for the customer to indicate if the ECU is incorrect.

Remedial action: The manufacturer has no simple method to check the internal component. Therefore, all ECU’s in affected vehicles to be changed as a precaution.

Vehicle Id: VF7******HJ878571 to VF77MBHY6HJ880776; VF7******HJ878571 to VF77MBHY6HJ880776; VF7******HJ878571 to VF77MBHY6HJ880776

Hyundai:

Models affected: Ioniq EV built between 04/10/2016 and 31/03/2017  

Concern: Coolant may leak into electric power control unit

Description: The Electric Power Control Unit (EPCU) to have some cracks in the aluminium casting which may cause the casting to become porous. The EPCU is cooled by a coolant channel and due to the porous cracks it is possible for the coolant to leak inside the EPCU unit causing the high voltage system to immediately shut down.

Remedial action: To inspect the units with UV lamp. If found to be porous, the unit will be replaced.

Vehicle Id: KMHC851HFHU001409 to KMHC751HFHU009646

Models affected: Santa Fe built between 15/06/2017 and 25/01/2018

Concern: Steering wheel may detach

Description: On affected vehicles, when the steering wheel is turned form lock to lock it will be possible for the outer rim of the steering wheel to break away from the boss. If this occurs the vehicle cannot be steered by the driver.

Remedial action: The steering wheel airbag must be removed to determine the lot number of the steering wheel. If found to be faulty the steering wheel will be replaced.

Vehicle Id: KMHSU81CDJU815139 to KMHST81CAJU859078

Jaguar:

Models affected: E-Pace (manual transmission)  built between 27/07/2017 and 02/03/2018

Concern: Reverse lights interact with electronic parking brake

Description: Operation of the reversing lamp may be affected on certain vehicles. When the driver engages reverse gear and the Electric Park Brake (EPB) is applied, the reversing lamps will not illuminate.

Remedial action: On affected vehicles download the latest software to correct this.

Vehicle Id: SADFB2CN8J1Z00104 to SADFB2DN1J1Z15915

Kia:

Models affected: Rio built between 10/04/2017 and 05/06/2017     

Concern: Child locks on the rear doors may not operate

Description: On some Rio models the child locks on the rear doors may not operate; this is caused by the incorrect length release lever cable being installed.

Remedial action: Replacement cable of correct length will be fitted to affected vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz:

Models affected: CLA, A-Class, B-Class, GLA, C-Class, GLC built between 01/11/2011 and 31/07/2017

Concern: Steering components may be insufficiently grounded

Description: It has been determined that the steering airbag electrical components are insufficiently grounded. Failure of the steering column module clock spring could result in an inadvertent deployment of the driver airbag which may cause risk of injury to the driver and an increased risk of a potential collision.

Remedial action: On affected vehicles, the manufacturer will fit a contact bridge to the outer race of the steering column top bearing which will provide correct grounding.

Vehicle Id: WDC2539051F016940 to WDC2539092F128863; WDD2050042F219285 to WDD2054422F372836; WDD2428902J007773 to WDD2428902J011828; WDC1569022J161990 to WDC1569522J290288; WDD1760032J395987 to WDD1760522J507975; WDD1173031N305236 to WDD1179522N409242; WDD2462032J350886 to WDD2462432J417381

Mitsubishi:

Models affected: L200 built between 10/12/2015 and 05/07/2016

Concern: Door latching mechanism may malfunction in hot temperatures

Description: The locking mechanism in the door latch assembly may not operate properly in high temperatures. As a result the door may not latch correctly and may unintentionally open whilst driving. This may affect one or more doors depending on vehicle identification number.

Remedial action: Modified assemblies are available and the remedy is to replace door latch mechanisms as identified by the manufacturer.

Vehicle Id: MMCEJKL20GH230458 to MMCEJKL20GH234267; MMCJJKL10GH018789 to MMCJYKL10GH234306

Models affected: i-MiEV built between 03/09/2009 and 03/08/2011    

Concern: Propellant in the front passenger airbag inflator may be deteriorated

Description: The propellant in the passengers front airbag inflator may deteriorate due to high temperature and humid conditions over a longer period in use. As a result, the inflator body may rupture during airbag deployment and may injure occupants.

Remedial action: On affected vehicles replace the passenger airbag inflator.

Vehicle Id: JMALDHA3WBU000201 to JMALDHA3WCU000259; HA3W-0000895 to HA3W-0001660

Models affected: Outlander built between 14/11/2016 and 10/07/2012

Concern: Water ingress may cause windscreen wipers to fail

Description: Due to inappropriate waterproofing water may be drawn into the front wiper motor and/or may cause corrosion of the wiper link ball joint. This may, over time, cause the wipers to fail.

Remedial action: On affected vehicles replace the wiper motor which has a modified breather and wiper link ball joint.

Vehicle Id: JMAXJCW1WBF000560 to JMAXTCW5W9F005989

Peugeot:

Models affected: 308 (T9) and Partner built between 08/11/2017 and 09/11/2017  

Concern: Airbag may not be triggered in the event of a collision

Description: On the affected vehicles, an internal component within the airbag triggering ECU may have been damaged which could lead to non deployment. There are no early warning signs or symptoms for the customer to indicate if the ECU is incorrect.

Remedial action: The manufacturer has no simple method to check the internal component. Therefore, all ECU’s in affected vehicles to be changed as a precaution.

Vehicle Id: VF3******HJ876438 to VF3******HS326225; VF3******HJ876438 to VF3******HS326225

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