More than 382,000 vehicles in the UK have been affected by safety recalls so far in 2022, with large models from premium car brands among those most likely to need remedial action.
Some were relatively minor issues – like flickering taillights or software glitches affecting the infotainment system – others are far more serious and endanger vehicle occupants.
Some brands including Subaru and Toyota have reported problems with their driver assistance systems, while others like Alfa Romeo have been hit by potential fuel leaks and Peugeot and Citroen reported that some vehicles are at risk of sudden power failures.
Premium car brand Mercedes-Benz has issued the most recalls, with 30 separate notices affecting 20 different models, ranging from the A-Class hatchback to the AMG GT supercar. Many of its recalls are related to software issues, although some involve more serious mechanical problems.
The DVSA figures do not include the recent Mercedes recall, which recalled ML, GL and R-Class vehicles from 2004 to 2015 due to a possible brake failure.
The Mercedes C-Class has had the most recalls of any model with 10 different notices since the beginning of the year. The recalls affect models up to 14 years old, and problems include software issues affecting the vehicle’s electronic control unit or user interfaces, improper wiring routing and even potential fuel leaks in the injection system.
The brand’s luxury S-Class sedan has also been subject to ten recalls, including some of the same software issues that affect the C-Class, as well as issues with its brakes and airbag systems.
Rival German brands Audi and BMW have issued six and five recalls, respectively, covering everything from the Q3 and X1 SUVs to the high-performance Audi R8 and BMW M3, and spanning issues from seatbelt failure to incorrect wheel alignment.
Ahead of them on the list of manufacturer recalls, Citroen has issued eight notices affecting its premium sister brand’s C3, e-C4 and Spacetourer, as well as the DS3 Crossback and DS7. Problems range from improperly tightened undercarriage components to a software bug that could cause a sudden loss of power.
In many cases, recalls involved several different models with common components, including multi-brand brands such as Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda. A problem with the engine cover on VW Golf, Passat, Tiguan and T-Roc, for example, also affects Seat Leon, Audi TT and Skoda Octavia.
Vehicle recalls are common in the automotive industry and generally result from a determination by the DVSA or the manufacturer that a fault with a vehicle constitutes a safety defect. In some cases, the bugs are detected and fixed before users are affected, but in some cases, e.g. B. in cases with Vauxhall Zafiras and several BMW models catching fire due to faulty components, they occur after the owners had problems.
According to the DVSA Code of Conduct, a vehicle must be recalled when: “A design and/or construction related fault is likely to affect the safe operation of the product/aftermarket part without prior warning to the user and may cause a significant risk to drivers, occupants and others.” This defect occurs on a number of products/spare parts sold for use in the UK.”
Vehicle manufacturers should contact the registrar of each recalled car, but owners can also view their vehicle’s recall record online for free.
You can use our quick search table below to search by make and model and view relevant recalls since early 2022.