Manufacturer recalls for February 2017
Here are the recalls that occurred during the month of February.
Lamborghini has announced a recall for a large number of its flagship cars which will even include the $4.5 million Veneno. The 3 ultra-rare Venenos and 9 Veneno roadsters are being recalled along with all Aventadors sold between 2012 and 2017. These cars are prone to catch fire due to a faulty valve that will let fuel spill on to the fuel tank’s EVAP system under hard acceleration, intense cornering and high revving. Lamborghini has promised to address this issue by replacing the purge valve of the fuel system free of cost. Owners of the new Aventador SV and the Aventador S need not worry as these cars already come with the new parts.
BMW has recalled a bunch of its cars to address a problem with its constant velocity joint in the driveshaft of these vehicles. 8752 vehicles are affected which include the 2011-2012 1M, 2011-2012 135i, 2011 335d, 2011 335i, 2011 535i, 2011 535i GRAN TURISMO, 2011 550i GRAN TURISMO, 2012 740i, 2012 740Li and 2011 Z4. The constant velocity joint is a component that transfers torque between transmission shaft and the rear drive shaft. Failure of this component can abruptly stop the supply of power to the rear wheels. As a symptom, users can hear a noise from the CV joint which will increase with time along with vibrations. The defective part will be replaced by the dealers for free.
A few instances in which the chassis of the 2nd-Gen Navara pick up snapped in half has forced Nissan to recall 35,000 of these trucks in the UK alone. The pickup’s body is prone to severe rust which can lead to the weakening of the chassis and ultimately the failure of the structure. The Sun reported the story of a 50-year old English man whose Navara split in half while he was towing his Caravan around. Many similar instances have been reported and the recall is initiated to address the worries associated with these. As of now, only top-spec Navaras sold in the UK are affected. This recall is unlikely to be applied to GCC-spec Navaras.
Exactly 173,859 examples of 2011 Mazda2, 2010-2011 Mazda3, and 2010-2011 Mazdaspeed3 are recalled to rectify a seat-related problem. If the problem is left unattended, the seat lifter link can crack and push nuts can separate from the chair’s frame. Either of these problems will lead the seat to suddenly change its angle, rendering the driver unable to attain a suitable driving position. This problem may be accompanied by unwanted noises and rattles from the bottom part of the seat. The company will replace the whole unit if it is cracked. If the component is not cracked, an extra reinforcement bracket will be added along with two extra push nuts per seat lifter link. The recall will begin on 31st March 2017.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 69,298 of their all-wheel-drive Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 models to replace eight faulty bolts of the front driveshaft. The faulty bolts may lead to a loss in power to the front wheels which can be dangerous. The recall will begin on 31st March 2017 and it affects vehicles with model years from 2014 to 2017. All-wheel-drive models were not sold in the GCC, although some grey imports may have snuck in.
If you believe your car is affected in any of these recalls, contact your local dealer.