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Feb
01

Stericycle looks at the top 5 reasons for new car recalls ahead of the release of new number plates

By Luke Evans, Automotive Recall Consultant

New number plates are released in the UK twice a year, in March and September. The 19-plate will be released on March 1st 2019 and will apply to any new vehicle registered up until 31st August 2019.

Ahead of the new car registrations, we’ve analysed Safety Gate data from the EU from the past six months (July-December 2018), summarising the top five reasons for recall in new cars in the EU. It’s worth noting that the data analysed is only for cars registered in 2018.

Before we look at the contributing factors behind the recalls, let’s look at 2018 on a whole. Over the course of the year, there were eight cars suffering the largest amount of recalls: Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Mitsubishi ASX, Mitsubishi Outlander, Peugeot 3008 , Peugeot 5008, Peugeot 308, Volkswagen Tiguan and the Volkswagen Passat.

In December 2018, 15 recalls were issued via the EU Rapex system concerning 15 models from nine automakers – down on previous months, which included a record-breaking 37 car recalls in September 2018.

The top five reasons:

  1. Suspension

The highest proportion of recalls in new cars during the past six months related to problems with the suspension, with 11 instances reported.

The most common reasons for suspension recalls include screws and bolts holding joints together being insufficiently tightened – particularly when it comes to the wheels, in turn impacting on the steering and control of the car. Further reasons include deformed bolds holding the front and rear suspension of a vehicle together and resonance vibrations causing damage when driving at high speed.

  1. Fire

There were ten recalls on new cars relating to the risk of fire between July-December 2018, with a number of different reasons at play – including damage to fuel pipes caused by contact from other components, faulty battery wiring, cracks leading to fuel leaks and moisture reaching the LED module of a sunroof’s lighting, which may cause a short-circuit.

  1. Brakes

There were eight instances of car recalls due to brake issues. For one manufacturer, a prevailing issue across a number of models was due to faulty Active Stability Control software leading to a risk of accident due to the anti-lock braking system not working. Further recent recalls include defective brake coatings impacting on the piston movement and cracks in breaks leading to failure.

  1. Engine

Of the six recalls due to engine defaults within the timeframe analysed, several models from two different brands were recalled due to the faulty welding of catalytic converters resulting in the risk of exhaust gases leaking into the air. Another brand had to recall a number of models due to the clutch pressure plate at risk of breaking, resulting in reduced vehicle performance.

  1. Airbags / steering / seatbelts

Each of the above were the reason for four recalls on new cars over the past six months, including high profile airbag recalls hitting headlines as well as steering and seatbelt faults resulting in risk of accident or injury.

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