Latest recalls affecting commercial vans and trucks, as well as coaches and buses,
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Current recalls include:
West Mercia Sections chooses Mercedes for first new trucks in 40-year history
Cold formed steel manufacturer West Mercia Sections has commissioned its first new trucks after 40 years of operations.Toyota Proace (2016 build)
There is a possibility that the relay linked to the electrical circuit of the starter is out of specification. As such, the relay might be blocked in a closed position. If this occurs, there is a risk of the starter overheating and a theoretical risk of fire. Also, if left in gear, the vehicle could also start to move. Vehicle IDs: VBBHV####GZ036716 to VBBHV####GZ050511; VFAHK####GZ036997 to VFAHK####GZ050518; VBBHV####GZ035341 to VBBHV####GZ049023Toyota Proace (2016-2017 build)
There is a possibility that the bracket holding the air conditioning compressor onto the engine is not properly tightened. As a result, there is a risk that this bracket might break during driving. If this occurs, the air conditioning compressor might become detached from the vehicle and could potentially fall on to the road. Vehicle IDs: YARVABHSHGZ066917 to YARVBBHXHGZ095035Mercedes-Benz Citaro bus (2014-2016 build)
The wiring harness in the main switch panel could possibly chafe on a bracket cut-out, which could result in a short to earth. If a short circuit occurs, it could result in the loss of various electrical systems. In the worst case, the engine could cut out. Vehicle IDs: WEB62801523126703 to WEB62841923132417.Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (2016 model year)
The rear spring seat bases may develop cracks that could cause the seat base or bases to fail, and the spring(s) may detach. Vehicle ID: WDB9061312N672572 to WDB9061312N699159; WDB9061332N673108 to WDB9061332N699079; WDB9061352N673108 to WDB9061352N693964; WDB9061331N672860 to WDB9061331N699171.Mercedes-Benz Econic 956 (2013-2017)
The front passenger seatbelt stalk may become deformed. This may weaken the stalk cables and may not act as intended in the event of a collision. On affected vehicles, users should check condition of affected belt stalks, and where necessary replace stalk and fit additional cover. Vehicle ID: WDB9560012V241265 to WDB9564332V247353.Fiat Doblo 1.3D Multijet (2014-on) starter motor failure
Often, a slow start or excessive crank time can be incorrectly diagnosed as a faulty or worn-out starter motor; however, this is not always the case. THIS IS NOT A MANUFACTURER RECALL STATEMENT. According to Autoelectro, an independent remanufacturer of starter motors and alternators, sometimes it is not the starter motor that is causing this problem; in fact, it is caused by the engine’s main earth wire to the chassis being corroded. The damage triggers a poor connection and can result in excessive cranking of the starter motor and, consequently, may cause it to burn out and fail. Autoelectro advises technicians to inspect the earth wire connected to the chassis and replace if necessary. The wire on the Doblo can be found close to the gearbox and runs directly from the negative terminal on the battery.Mercedes Benz Actros (December 2016)
The front axle housing could have sustained material damage during the production process, leading to a potential to fail without warning. An axle break can lead to wheel loss and the vehicle may no longer be steerable, increasing the risk of an incident. WDB96300320128286Fix announced for Ford Transit 2.2 TDCi (2006-2012) alternator charging fault
According to Autoelectro, the Transit issue originates from water and dirt contaminating the crankshaft pulley, leading to excessive vibrations within the auxiliary drive belt system and, ultimately, causing a charging fault with the alternator. THIS IS NOT A MANUFACTURER RECALL STATEMENT. If a technician diagnoses this fault when inspecting this specific model, Autoelectro recommends that the crankshaft pulley and auxiliary drive belt are replaced, and that a splash guard be fitted to avoid reoccurrence of this problem. http://www.autoelectro.co.ukFix announced for Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (1999-2006) alternator pulley failure
Autoelectro says its technical team has found a fix for a common problem relating to older Mercedes-Benz Sprinters (1999 to 2006). THIS IS NOT A MANUFACTURER RECALL STATEMENT. The issue centres on an alternator pulley failure, caused by a stretched or worn belt. Over a prolonged period, the vehicle’s drive belt stretches: as it elasticises, an incorrect load is applied to the alternator pulley set-up, which results in excessive vibration within the drive belt system and can cause the failure of the alternator pulley and/or bearings. Autoelectro’s advice is to inspect the belt and, if it exceeds 2,100mm in length, the part must be replaced. It recommends a 6PK2100 belt, with an additional guide pulley between the power steering pump pulley and crankshaft pulley. Focusing on diesel models, the issue affects part numbers AEA3201, AEC1299, AEC1481, AEC1489 and AEC1630. http://www.autoelectro.co.uk
Citroen Dispatch/Peugeot Expert 4 (2016-2017 build)
The tightness of one of the air conditioning compressor support mountings may not be correct to specification. This will result in an abnormal noise and possibility of the compressor becoming insecure. Remedial Action: on affected vehicles the tightness of the support should be checked; where necessary the support will be replaced. Vehicle ID: VF3******GZ065379 to VF3******HZ001616;
VF3******GZ036449 to VF3******HZ006114Mercedes Benz Actros & Atego (2016-2017 build)
Two different issues.
First, steering wheel may come loose: The screw securing the steering wheel to the splines may be missing. This can lead to loss of directional control thereby increasing the risk of a collision. Vehicle ID: WDB96700120138665; WDB96340320124170; WDB96342320121324; WDB96342320132258; WDB96342320137012. Second, in the same trucks in the same build range, the vehicle safety system may incorrectly diagnose an imminent crash. In unusual situations the Active Electronic Braking System (AEBS) can misinterpret freeze frame data and cause the brakes to fully apply when not required. The driver does have time to cancel the braking activity. Brake lamps and warning flashers alert drivers behind. If the truck driver or the driver following are not alert, there is an
increased risk of collision. Vehicle owners are to be contacted informing them of the concern and asking them to observe the notes in the owner’s manual regarding potentially initiated random braking procedures. When the new update to the sensor system has been validated the vehicles will be recalled for the control units to be updated. Vehicle ID: WDB96300320055396 to WDF9634031B984738; WDB96702420060811 to WDB96752610107130; WDB96400320090086 to WDB96442620099256.Scania P, G, R & S series trucks (2016-2017 build)
Steering column may not have been secured. Securing nuts at one of the upper steering column attachments may be issing or loose. Also the universal joint cross screw joint in the upper steering column must be checked. Vehicle ID: 2130689 to 2134851.Isuzu Artic Truck (2016 build)
Steering rack/steering column connector may detach. The connection block/shaft between the splined parts of the steering rack and steering column have not been manufactured to specification. This can result in the splines not engaging in the block/shaft sufficiently. This could lead to a disconnection of the steering column and steering rack, which can result in loss of control of the vehicle. The recall would involve replacing the connection block with a longer unit. Vehicle ID: MPATFS86J FT028547 to MPATFS86J FT034115. Mercedes-Benz bus (2005-2014 build)
The passenger anti-trap mechanism may fail when the pneumatic doors are depowered. A design error stops the sensing working on the door when it is depowered; if an object/person is in the centre of the door frame at the depowering moment they could be pinched. Remedial work involves recalling vehicles that are likely to be affected and fit bridging cables to modify the door valve and enable the sensor to keep detecting obstructions until the door is fully closed. Vehicle ID: WEB62804023106985 to WEB62828323116406.
Renault Twingo III (2014-2016 build)
First, the upper part of the bonnet (the bonnet skin) may detach from the rest of the bonnet due to poor adhesive being applied at the factory and deterioration over time. There would be no obvious signs to the customer.
In addition or instead, a second issue may occur: the outer part (skin) of the rear spoiler may detach from the vehicle and /or the pins on the glass tailgate. There would be no warning to the customer; automatic car washes increase the risk of detachment.
Vehicle ID: VF1AHB00551202089 to VF1AHB22553529702
BYD D9UR, K9UR & K8UR (2015-2016 build)
The driver can adjust the steering wheel position while the vehicle is in motion. The vehicle may become difficult to control if the driver was to adjust the steering position while driving. Vehicle ID: LC04S44S8F1009911 to LC06S24P0F1000001BYD K8SR (2015 build)
The material used to manufacture the Pitman [steering] arm has been discovered not to be the correct specification. This can cause wear of the arm and lead to possible detachment of the drag link, which could lead to loss of control of the vehicle. Vehicle ID: LC06S44R3F1000037 to LC06S44R7F1000039Volvo Truck FL3 (2017 build)
The mounting bolts/nuts for the rear underrun device may not have been torqued to the correct specification. This could result in the rear underrun device becoming detached from the vehicle. Vehicle ID: Z 111960 to Z 112072 Volvo Bus B5LH & B5TL (2016-2017 build)
Certain vehicles fitted with an MDE5 engine may have been delivered with the incorrect oil pan, that has lower volume than the correct model. There is a risk of the sump being overfilled with oil. This could result in either the engine suffering a runaway due to it consuming its own oil or the catalytic converter being contaminated, which will affect the exhaust emissions. Vehicle ID: YV3T1U225GA180274 to YV3T9U222HA184471Hino 300 (2012-13 build)
The fuel filter/accumulator installed on the engine may crack, causing the element to break, which will ultimately resulting in fuel leakage. The issue can be identified to the driver by noticing fuel leaking onto the road surface under the vehicle, plus the driver may find it difficult to start the engine.
In addition to – or instead of – the above, another issue was identified. The cab wiring harness can come in contact with a support bracket within the cab which can cause chaffing damage. This can result in either the engine cutting out and/or the wiper motor suddenly stopping. Volvo Bus B5TL & B8R (2013-2016 build)
An issue with the engine software may affect the vehicle's exhaust emissions and interfere with operation of the SCR brick.
Vehicle ID: YV3T9U220EA163159 to YV3TU520HA182526
Nissan Cabstar (2011-2016 build)
An an incorrect maximum permissible vehicle width was incorrectly defined on the Certificate of Conformity (COC) documentation. Due to this, a customer installing a body conversion according to that defined on the COC may inadvertently fit a body width that could restrict the rear visibility. The solution is to measure the width of the vehicle and fit extended mirrors where necessary. (No vehicle IDs were given).
Mercedes-Benz Atego (2016 build)
The threaded connection of the axle stop bracket on the rear axle may not have been tightened to specification. As a result the threaded connection could work loose and allow the bracket to fall on the roadway, increasing the risk of a collision. Vehicle ID: WDB96720620113119 to WDB97026510112995Toyota Proace (2016 build) f
There is a possibility that water could enter the cabin through the panels separating the cabin and the engine compartment. If this occurs water could reach and affect some electrical components such as the airbag module and possibly cause unexpected airbag deployment. Vehicle IDs: VFAHXH000GZ019385 to VFAHXH000GZ067325; VABHVB000GZ011089 to VABHVB000GZ065848; VEAHHW000GZ030177 to VEAHHW000GZ066911; VABHXH000GZ029569 to VABHXH000GZ066927; VXAHRH000GZ011091 to VXAHRH000GZ017204; VBBHXH000GZ010228 to VBBHXH000GZ067313; VFAHHW000GZ033000 to VFAHHW000GZ066692; VYAHRH000GZ009692 to VYAHRH000GZ016400; VFAHKH000GZ018159 to VFAHKH000GZ066656; VEAHXH000GZ018253 to VEAHXH000GZ067563; VBBHVB000GZ010225 to VBBHVB000GZ067298; VBBHSH000GZ055320 to VBBHSH000GZ066669; and VYAHJH000GZ011333 to VYAHJH000GZ016153