February 2018 DVSA recall round-up: Over 33,000 cars recalled over fire risk

Published 05 February 2018

Audi, Ford, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz are among the manufacturers to issue safety recalls in recent weeks, with the most significant being for the Audi A4, A5 and Q5.

Audi is recalling 33,699 A4, A5, A5 Cabriolet and Q5 models - built between 2011 and 2015 - due to a heater component failure, which may result in overheating and fire.

Ford is also involved in a large recall - involving Kuga, Focus, C-Max and Fiesta ST models - built between 2010 and 2014. The 15,000 cars affected may suffer a cracked engine cylinder head and , according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), this could result in a pressurised oil leak and potential engine fire.

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Mazda has also issued a safety notice for the Mazda2; some 8000 cars might be susceptible to mechanical issues, resulting in the handbrake releasing unintentionally. A similar issue faced Mazda last month, with 16,000 Mazda6 being affected by handbrake corrosion.

Recall number Make Model Problem



A4, A5, A5 Cabriolet, Q5

Auxilliary heater element in air conditioning may fail and/or overheat resulting in potential fire

R/2018/002 Citroen Spacetourer, Dispatch IV An engine component may not be to specification which could result in loss of engine performance.
R/2018/008 Ford

Kuga, Focus, C-Max, Fiesta ST

Engine cylinder head may crack, resulting in oil leak and possibly fire


Lexus CT200h Possiblity of a fuel leak


Mazda 2 Handbrake may disengage unexpectedly
R/2017/338 Mercedes-Benz


Seatbelt pretensioner may no operate correctly


Traveller An engine component may not be to specification which could result in loss of engine performance.


Karoq Passenger protection trims may peel off in sub-zero temperatures



Avensis, RAV4

Turbocharger bolts may be inccorectly tightened

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NickNike    on 8 February 2018

Look at the overpriced cars here. Just a disgrace having paid that sort of money.
I mean, fuel leak? Seatbelt pretensioner should simply just work. German cars are a masterclass of image over quality. These list just go on to prove what a reliable bargain Hyundai are. I bet a Merc driver thinks he's the bees-knees. I think he's easily parted from his money.

   on 9 February 2018

I totally agree with NickNike. Having emptied the bank account to buy the car in the first place
you are at risk of getting frazzled. Not as if these cars are as cheap as chips.
What a disgrace.

Helix225    on 11 February 2018

A simple 1- or 2-word clue would help greatly- e.g. are all the affected Ford engines “diesel” or “Ecoboost petrol”? Much quicker and easier to identify than trying to guess whether your VIN is between those quoted by the DVLA notice.

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