Recall news
March 31, 2014
When safety concerns arise, the correct thing for a manufacturer to do is to issue a recall. Early recalls have become very important, especially in light of the recent scandal involving a General Motors (GM) recall of over 1 million vehicles that has resulted in fatalities. This week has seen two new recalls announced, but both are small in scale compared to GM's recall.


Peugeot Citroen recall around 400 vehicles


French automotive firm, Peugeot Citroen have announced a recall of more than 400 recently bought cars in the UK. The recall was announced amid concerns that there was a risk of a fuel leak or fire with affected models. These concerns come as during manufacture the high pressure fuel rail pipes were not tightened correctly, resulting in poor sealing of the rail and fuel leaking on to the engine. This could result in an engine bay fire.


The models affected by the recall include the top selling Peugeot 208, the new 308 and the Citroen C4. Approximately 150 Peugeot 208, 2008 and 308 models built in January 214 are affected, as well as 276 Citroen models including the C4 Picasso, C3 and C3 Picasso, the Berlingo and DS3.


No cases of engine fires have been reported and both companies have recalled over 70% of all models affected. Owners of the faulty cars are being contacted by telephone or by post and each company will make repairs free of charge.


A Citroen spokesperson commented, “There are 276 Citroen vehicles involved in the recall. 71% have currently been completed, and we are working in line with the advice and support of VOSA. They are in full agreement with our actions. All customers have been informed by letter and will be contacted again today. We have had no actual cases reported.”


Peugeot and Citroen produce very safe cars despite these recent faults, with the Peugeot 2008 and Citroen C4 both gaining the full five-star safety rating when they were tested in the Euro NCAP crash tests.


2014 Honda Civic LX tyre safety recall


Honda announced Saturday, that during a routine production line inspection, there was a malfunction discovered in the equipment that installs tyres on the Civic's steel wheel rim. The installation may or may not have caused 'bead damage' when installing the tyre. The subsequent internal tyre bead damage can evolve into a slit in the tyre's sidewall during driving and result in the rapid loss of air.


If the failure occurs at highway speed, the instantaneous tire deflation can result in a loss of steering control. And at worse, an unavoidable accident. To-date Honda is unaware of any reported accidents tied to the latest voluntary recall.


The company stated that fewer than 9,817 Honda Civic LX sedans manufactured in March 2014 may have a defective tyre or tow, but owners will have to call Honda to find out if their vehicle is affected by the recall.


We'll keep you updated on more vehicle recall news when it arrives.


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