DVSA recall round-up: More than 50,000 BMW and Mercedes models recalled

  • 29,000 BMW models recalled due to airbag issue
  • 13,000 Mercedes-Benz models recalled over potential fuse issue
  • 14,000 BMW models also recalled over potential hydraulic brake problem

BMW and Mercedes-Benz are two manufacturers who have issued recalls in March 2024.

BMW is recalling 29,095 BMW 1 Series, BMW 3 Series and BMW X3 models due to possible degradation of propellant tablets in the airbag system, which can cause to over-aggressive combustion in the event of activation that can result in the inflator body to rupture.

BMW has stated that affected vehicles will have the driver's airbag replaced.

Mercedes-Benz recalls a range of models due to potential fuse issue

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall affecting 13,870 models over an 80A fuse which may not meet requirements. The fuse could result in vehicle systems becoming inoperable, which may include powertrain, restraint systems and instrument panels.

The models affected include the Mercedes EQE and EQS SUV, the Mercedes GLC, Mercedes C-Class, Mercedes S-Class, Mercedes SL, Mercedes E-Class, Mercedes CLE and Mercedes AMG GT.

Mercedes-Benz states that affected vehicles will have the main fuse box replaced.

BMW recalls several models over potential braking assistance failure

BMW has issued a safety recall affecting 14,227 models over the potential loss of hydraulic braking assistance.

Affected vehicles may experience a loss of hydraulic braking assistance, potentially resulting in different pedal behaviour under specific conditions, an extended braking experience and impaired performance of ABS and/or stability control.

The recall affects BMW X1, BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, BMW X5, BMW X7, BMW 7 Series, BMW X6, BMW XM, BMW X5M, BMW X6M and BMW 5 Series models.

BMW states that affected vehicles will have their integrated brake system replaced.

Recall number Make Model Problem
R/2024/119 BMW X1, 2 Series Active Tourer, X5, X7, 7 Series, X6, XM, X5M, X6M, 5 Series Hydraulic braking issue
R/2024/130 Mercedes-Benz

EQE, EQS, GLC, C-Class, S-Class, SL, E-Class, CLE, AMG GT

Fuse issue
R/2024/132 BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, X3 Airbag issue
Ask HJ

Am I entitled to a courtesy car for recall work?

My Range Rover has a recall on it but I didn't receive any paperwork about it and it has now come down with the problem. It is now undriveable and back at a Land Rover garage waiting to be repaired. It's going to take weeks and they told me no courtesy cars are available, am I entitled to a car because I have to wait so long?
Unfortunately the offering of courtesy cars is entirely at the discretion of the dealership, so if they are unable to offer you one then there is no recourse available. You could ask for a contribution towards the cost of a hire car while your vehicle is being repaired on the basis that you were not informed of the recall, but again this would be at the dealer's discretion.
Answered by David Ross
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