April 2018 DVSA recall round-up: Volkswagen recalls 16,600 diesels due to fire risk

Published 04 April 2018

Volkswagen is recalling thousands of Beetles, Golfs, Tiguans and Passats over a fire hazard. The issue affects cars built in 2011 and relates to a faulty starter motor which may overheat. The problem also affects thousands of Audi and SEAT models.

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Ford has issued a UK safety notice for almost 5000 Fiestas – built in December 2017 – due to a brake issue that may lead to loss of servo assistance. According to the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency report, affected vehicles may have been fitted with a brake booster which may have a faulty diaphragm plate.

A rear spoiler issue has forced BMW to issue a recall for the X3 SUV. Apparently the rear spoiler may not have been properly attached and the problem could result in the unit detaching when the vehicle is travelling at speed. 

There is also a significant recall for the Suzuki Baleno, Ignis and Swift, with more than 6000 vehicles being hit with an engine software fault that may result in the battery failing to charge and cause the engine to stall in start/stop conditions. 

Recall number Make Model Problem


Audi A3 Starter motor may overheat and catch fire


BMW X3  Rear spoiler may be insecure and detach


Ford Fiesta  Brake servo may fail
R/2018/026 Fiat  500 Instrument cluster may display incorrect speed
R/2018/052 Jaguar XF Sportbrake   SRS system may not operate correctly 
R/2018/077 Renault Captur and Zoe  Front wheel hub may crack



Altea, Alhambra, Ibiza and Leon

Starter motor may overheat and catch fire



Baleno, Ignis and Swift

Battery may fail to charge



Beetle, Eos, Golf, Jetta, Passat, Scirocco, Sharan, Tiguan, Touran

Starter motor may overheat and catch fire


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NickNike    on 6 April 2018

Usual bunch of suspects, although Mercs and Vauxhalls are missing. Don't their development people do their jobs properly? Hyundai not on the list as usual. SRS system may not operate correctly? That is just unforgivable. Why do people buy this stuff. Ignorance and lack of product research I would guess.

Edited by NickNike on 06/04/2018 at 00:12

   on 6 April 2018

Vw cars are all overhyped rubbish.

billbo    on 6 April 2018

where are these car being built is it because it is out sourced to new eu states like my suzuki

jchinuk    on 12 April 2018

I would venture that few, if any, of these faults are present during development. In most cases they are problems with components which are bought in from outside contractors. These are initially produced to the correct specification, but after a while corners are cut (to save cash) and the manufacturer supplies the car maker with substandard parts.

Not every single part is tested, that is usually done on a sample from a batch, so if the samples 'pass' the batch gets passed and fitted to vehicles.

Unlike the days of Henry Ford, everything is not assembled on on site, indeed I suspect most car factories are assemble parts, with bodies, engines, transmissions, interiors, built elsewhere, occasionally by different companies.

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