In the last week, Land Rover, Vauxhall and Volkswagen have issued safety notices for some of 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”
More than six million vehicles had been returned to dealerships for remedial work as a result of vehicle recalls in the UK, in the five-year period between 2011 and 2016.
This week, three major manufacturers issued recalls affecting popular cars in the UK.
Model(s) affected:Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque, 2.0l diesel engines with automatic transmission
A recall has been issued by Land Rover due to concern over an electrical short circuit which, in extreme cases, could result in an under-bonnet fire. 4553 cars, built between July and October last year are affected by this recall.
Full notice: “It has been identified that the engine wiring harness of the 2.0ltr engined vehicles fitted with automatic transmission may have been incorrectly routed which may allow the wiring harness to contact the water charge air cooler bracket. Engine vibration can cause a chaffing condition where the outer sheathing of the cable can wear through and expose the wires of the engine harness. Depending on the orientation of the wires within the harness, then damage to wires can result in electrical arcing and a short circuit. This condition can also result in the illumination of a warning light on the instrument panel, loss of the electronic steering system, engine cut out without warning, melting of the cable sheathing and surrounding parts. Also, in extreme circumstances it can cause an under-bonnet fire.”
Remedial action: All affected vehicles will be recalled to inspect the clearance between the engine harness and water charge air cooler bracket. If the clearance is not to the correct specification the wiring harness will be re-positioned and secured to ensure the specified clearance is achieved. If the engine harness shows signs of chafing the engine harness will be repaired, re-positioned to ensure the correct specification.
Reference: R/2016/289 Manufacturer Reference:Q645 Recall Date: 31/1/2017
Model(s) affected:Meriva B
Vauxhall have issued a notice recalling the Meriva due to reports that under some circumstances the seatbelt may not function properly. 67,142 cars built between February 2010 and February 2016 are affected.
Full Notice: Repeated occupant movement into the seat over the fastener, leading to bending of the steel cable. Possible damage of safety belt anchor cable – worst case: Loss of seat belt function.
Remedial action: This recall is additional to Recall R/2015/201.Improved parts are now available and the manufacturer will now replace the outer pre-tensioners.
Reference: R/2016/267 Manufacturer Reference:16-C-100 Recall Date: 30/01/2017
Model(s) affected:Tiguan 5N
Volkswagen have recalled Tiguan models after a fault with the front seat back rest was identified. It was discovered that backrests may collapse in a collision. 1706 models, built between August 1 2016 and October 31 2016 are affected.
Full Notice: The back-rests of the front seats may not have been assembled correctly. This may increase risk of injury to occupants during a collision.
Remedial action: On affected vehicles check frames and if necessary replace affected components
Reference: R/2016/272 Manufacturer Reference: 72F9 Recall Date: 27/01/2017