The Rapid Exchange of Information (Rapex) is the European Union’s rapid alert system for unsafe consumer product, including cars.
In June, 16 car safety recalls were announced via Rapex, affecting 23 models of 15 brands.
Every month, we’ll provide a summary of the recalls from the previous month. These are the car safety recalls announced in June 2019, with thanks to Car-Recalls.eu.
Audi A4, A6 and A7 – tow bar
Audi A4, A6 and A7 models built between February 2018 and October 2018, and retro-fitted between March and November 2018, are being recalled for a faulty tow bar. The locking mechanism might be defective, causing the trailer to drop while the vehicle is in motion. The recall affects 135 A4s, A6s and A7s in the UK.
Bentley Continental GT – electronics
Bentley Continental GT models manufactured between 22 January 2018 and 6 March 2019 are the subject of a safety recall concerning the centre console switch pack. If the event of a fault, the hazard warning lights and windscreen defrost/demist functionality could fail, increasing the risk of an accident.
Cadillac ATS and CTS – steering
Cadillac ATS and CTS models built between 20 June 2016 and 11 May 2017 are being recalled due to a power steering defect. In some cases, the electric power steering could fail, increasing the risk of a crash.
Citroen Berlingo – brakes
Citroen Berlingo models manufactured between 7 November 2017 and 8 January 2019 are being recalled due to a possible misalignment of the ratchet on the handbrake lever mechanism. The handbrake might not engage, increasing the risk of an accident.
Ram pick-ups – steering
Ram models built between 31 October 2017 and 25 October 2018 are the subject of a safety recall concerning power steering. The ground connection on the battery may be loose, which could lead to over- and under-steering, potentially resulting in an accident.
Ford Ranger – brakes
Ford Ranger pick-ups built over a two-year period from 4 June 2016 to 28 August 2018 are being recalled for replacement front brake hoses. In some instances, the hoses could be ruptured, resulting in reduced braking efficiency.
Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette – steering
Defective power steering is the reason why Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette models built between 20 June 2016 and 11 May 2017 are being recalled.
Jaguar I-Pace – brakes
Jaguar I-Pace models manufactured between 23 August 2017 and 11 April 2019 are being recalled due to a potential failure of the regenerative braking system. The friction braking system may not engage, increasing the stopping distance of the electric car.
Jeep Compass – seats
Right-hand-drive Jeep Compass SUVs built between 25 August 2017 and 4 January 2018 are the subject of a recall concerning a defective rear seat-back mechanism. In the event of rapid deceleration, the seat back could fold forward unexpectedly, resulting in luggage entering the passenger compartment. Jeep will replace the left and right side rear seat-back release bezels in 342 UK-registered cars.
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT – electronics
Faulty side radar sensors in the Pre-Safe impulse side function are the reason Mercedes-Benz AMG GT models built between 6 August 2018 and 22 February 2019 are being recalled.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class – brakes
Another Mercedes-Benz safety recall, but this one is likely to affect more drivers. The quality of the welding of the brake pedal plate to the brake pedal lever is the reason why A-Class models produced from 5 November 2018 to 23 March 2019 are being recalled.
Opel/Vauxhall Insignia – brakes
A defective seal on the brake master cylinder means that some 2018 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia cars are being recalled. The safety recall affects 1.6-litre diesel models with a manual transmission.
Peugeot Rifter and Partner – brakes
Peugeot Rifter and Partner models manufactured between 8 November 2017 and 20 December 2018 are being recalled for a possible misalignment of the ratchet on the handbrake lever. Just 89 vehicles are affected in the UK, and Peugeot will replace the handbrake if necessary.
Suzuki Swift and Swift Sport – airbag
A hard close of the Suzuki Swift’s rear doors could result in the activation of the side and curtain airbags, which is why models manufactured between 2017 and 2019 are being recalled. Once recalled, Suzuki will update the airbag control module software. A total of 22,437 Swifts are affected in the UK.
Volkswagen Tiguan – tow bar
The Volkswagen Tiguan is affected by the same tow bar problem outlined in the Audi A4, A6 and A7 section. Tiguan models affected were built between February and December 2018. If necessary, Volkswagen will replace the tow bar swivelling module; the recall affects 454 UK Tiguans.
Volvo S90 and XC60 – seats
Volvo S90 and XC60 models manufactured in 2017 and 2018 are being recalled because of a possible missing screw connection on the front seat rails. In the event of a rear-end collision, the seat position may be impacted, reducing protection for occupants. According to the DVSA, the recall affects 71 S90 and 7,322 XC60 vehicles in the UK.