Vehicle Safety Recalls: April 2018

These are the vehicles, parts or accessories recalled by manufacturers for a safety reason during April 2018.

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Recall No. Make Model(s) Issue
RSPV/2018/002 Polaris RZR XP 1000, XP4 1000 Heat shield upgrade required
R/2018/087 Mazda Mazda2 (DJ), Mazda3 (BM), Mazda3 (BN), CX-3 (DK) Software error can cause engine to fail
R/2018/094 Renault Clio IV, Captur Dipped headlight may fail to light the road ahead to sufficient level
R/2018/081 Jeep Wrangler Brake lamp switch may malfunction
R/2018/050 Toyota Lexus RC-F, Lexus GS-F and Lexus LC500 Fuel may leak
R/2018/105 Mercedes Benz Evobus Citaro Euro 6 Fuel return line may leak
R/2018/050 Toyota Lexus RC-F, Lexus GS-F and Lexus LC500 Fuel may leak
R/2018/085 Hyundai Sonata (NF), Grandeur (TG) An electrical short circuit may occur inside the abs module
R/2018/106 Vauxhall Insignia B Windscreen may not be installed correctly
R/2018/099 BMW X3 (G01), X4 (G02) Restricted fuel supply could cause engine to stall
R/2018/110 Porsche Panamera Accelerator pedal may be installed incorrectly
R/2018/099 BMW X3 (G01), X4 (G02) Restricted fuel supply could cause engine to stall
R/2018/058 Jaguar E-PACE Front brake flexi hose brackets may not be to specification
R/2018/111 Audi A8 The retaining clip in the active head restraint assembly may not be installed
R/2018/095 FIAT Fullback Door locks may malfunction and allow doors to open unintentionally
R/2018/086 Audi A4, A5 Sportback Aluminium trim may partly detach from loudspeaker trim in doors and cause injury to occupants
RM/2018/014 Indian Motorcycle Company All Model Year 2018 111ci Motorcycles Right hand switch cube does not meet quality standards
RM/2018/017 Piaggio X EVO 125 Risk of fuel leakage from top of the fuel tank
RM/2018/013 Suzuki Motorcycles GSX-S125 Ignition switch fault could cause engine to stop during use

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BMW recalls 300,000 cars that risk stalling completely

BMW is extending a UK recall of its cars after the BBC’s Watchdog found that vehicles could cut out completely while they are being driven.

It is recalling 312,000 vehicles: the BMW 1 Series, the 3 Series, the Z4 and its X1 petrol and diesel models made between March 2007 and August 2011.

BMW initially recalled 36,410 petrol cars last year over safety issues, but it has now said it recognised there may have been similar problems in cars not covered by the first recall.

The German carmaker initially recalled cars in the UK after Narayan Gurung, who was travelling with his wife on Christmas Day in 2016, died when their Ford Fiesta crashed into a tree to avoid a broken-down BMW in Guildford, Surrey.

The BMW had suffered an electrical fault, causing its brake lights to fail and resulting in the vehicle stalling on a dark A-road.

An investigation by Watchdog, featured on Wednesday, found that the fault could affect a wider number of cars.

It recently emerged that BMW had failed to tell the UK’s Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency about the electrical fault in some of its cars that led to the death of Mr Gurung.

BMW said it had worked with the DVSA and rejected suggestions it had ignored instructions or provided incorrect information.

An inquest revealed that the carmaker had received complaints of an electrical issue that caused a total power failure as early as 2011.

Commenting on Watchdog’s investigation, BMW said: “We now recognise that there may have been some cases of similar power supply issues in vehicles not covered by the original recall.

“In order to reassure customers with concerns about the safety of their vehicles, we are voluntarily extending the recall.

“We are therefore announcing that we will take the proactive step of expanding the existing UK recall to cover all vehicles potentially affected by the power supply issue.”

BMW said that it will open a customers’ complaints line and will contact affected owners directly over the next few weeks.

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Stewart MacAulay becomes Group Autoparts Director

Stewart MacAulay, Arnold Clark director, has become Group Autoparts Director, based at its head office in Glasgow.

MacAulay has worked at Arnold Clark for more than 30 years, rising to the role of Group Aftersales Director and brings to the independent aftermarket a wealth of experience. He will be responsible for overseeing the successful running of all factor businesses within the group and ensuring their continued success and development.

MacAulay said: “I am looking forward to playing a more specific role within the factor businesses – Autoparts UK and Midwest Motor Factors – and working to ensure we take advantage of any opportunities to develop our proposition further.”

Autoparts began in 1991 as part of Arnold Clark and has since grown at a considerable rate to become one of the fastest growing car parts distributors in the UK. With 12 branches across Scotland and the North of England, including a 70,000 square foot distribution warehouse in Glasgow, it sells 60,000 different parts to trade customers and employs more than 100 staff.

Arnold Clark, Europe’s largest privately-owned dealership group, acquired West Midlands based Midwest Motor Factors in 2015. Established in 1980, Midwest now employs more than 80 members of staff and operates a fleet of over 45 delivery vehicles from five different locations throughout the Black Country, including Bilston, Brownhills, Rugeley, Wolverhampton and West Bromwich.

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Happy Birthday Elcome! Company celebrates 18th birthday with a new image

Elcome has officially come of age! The aftermarket solutions and services company recently celebrated its 18th anniversary with a birthday themed staff meeting, complete with giant balloons, photo memories display and birthday cake.

The party celebrated the company’s past successes, but also looked to the future by reinforcing its beliefs with the internal launch of a new logo and strapline. Managing Director, Tim Entwistle explains.

‘Elcome are the pioneers of enabling single-source product and application information to be delivered to multiple outputs within the automotive aftermarket. ‘Do it ONCE®, use it many times’, is at the core of everything we do. As we’ve grown and evolved over the years, ONCE® has remained at the very heart of our business but recently, after listening to our customers, we realised the message wasn’t always obvious’.

Tim continued, ‘We believe Elcome is the home of ONCE® and we look to form true partnerships with like-minded clients who also believe in finding a better, more productive way of working. We wanted to reinforce our beliefs and make sure they are clearly understood by all, so we’ve started by changing our logo and strapline to truly reflect who we are and where we’re heading. Our 18th Birthday was the perfect opportunity to take this next step in our evolution’.

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Fastest charging electric bus revealed

An electric bus that can be fully recharged in less than 10 minutes could be set to revolutionise public transport infrastructure.

The AVM EV27 is a collaboration between US company Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing and Chinese technology company Yinglong.

Larry Brennan, AVM’s founder and CEO, said the bus could be recharged in a similar amount of time to that which it would take to refuel a conventional diesel vehicle.

The first batch of AVM shuttle buses will be made in Zhuhai, China, but both companies are looking for manufacturing partners to help them expand into new markets.

The EV27 is the result of a five-year joint venture between the two companies. AVM has worked as a consultant on various global EV projects, whilst Yinlong has developed and supplied batteries for a range of commercial vehicles in China, including buses, vans and refuse trucks. AVM is part of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator project, which supports companies in California to develop clean air plans.

According to Brennan, there are already 250 customers who have placed an intention to order one of the 27-foot long single deckers.

Over the next year, Brennan says AVM will move into two further businesses — building the 350-kilowatt charging infrastructure to support its EVs, and energy storage.

After 10,000 charge cycles, the bus batteries retain 95 percent of their efficiency, Brennan said.

“Even after the vehicle service life is done, the battery has a second life in energy storage,” said Brennan. “That’s going to be a growing market now that we’re moving more and more to renewable energy.”

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Automechanika Birmingham – seminar presentation announced

Wendy Williamson, IAAF Chief Executive who will be delivering a presentation on Wednesday 6 June.

The organisers of this year’s event, which will be held at the NEC Birmingham from 5-7 June, have announced details of the free to attend seminar programme covering the three days of the exhibition.

In addition to the Keynote speaker programme, there will  also be Aftermarket Seminars and Technical Talks on various topics which will include the following:


  • Diagnostics
  • ADAS Calibration
  • Hybrid & Electric Vehicles
  • Alignment
  • EU changes & the future of the MOT
  • Outlook for the aftermarket
  • The impact of digitalisation and connectivity
  • Business advice & GDPR
  • Innovation; Filtration in electro mobility
  • Keynote Panels in the Keynote Theatre: Electrification, Connectivity, and Digitalisation

The programme for the Aftermarket Talks which will take place in the Aftermarket Seminar Theatre is as follows:

5 June 2018

11:15 – 11:45
Driving forward; How the Aftermarket can win with digital and the MOT
Peter Lawton, Senior Section Manager – SMMT

12:00 – 12:30
The Digitalisation of the Garage
Max Lienard, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer – Autodata

13:00 – 13:30
EU changes and the future of the MOT
Ian Marsh, MOT Testing Service Product Specialist – Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)

13:45 – 14:15
Top Technician Expert Session
Top Technician

14:30 – 15:00
“Data gives you wings”: channelling connected workshop data through the customer’s journey
Prashant Chopra, Managing Director – Autogem

15:15 – 15:45
Delivering Best Practice: Managing Customer Complaints to Drive Customer Satisfaction
Bill Fennell, Managing Director – Motor Ombudsman

6 June 2018

10:30 – 11:00
Filtration in electro mobility – Solutions for innovative drivetrains
Herr Dipl.-Ing. Daniel Volkmer, Project Manager – E-Mobility & Liquid Filter Elements – MANN+HUMMEL Ludwigsburg
Herr Dipl.-Ing. Marius Panzer, Lead Product Engineer – Oil filter elements development – MANN+HUMMEL Ludwigsburg

11:15 – 11:45
EU Directive 2014/45 – What You Need To Know
Steve Coles, Head of MOT Technical Operations – RMI

12:00 – 12:30
New registrations and their decline: How will the UK aftermarket be impacted?
Quentin Le Hetet, General Manager – GIPA UK

13:00 – 13:30
The shape of the Automotive Aftermarket in the future
Wendy Williamson, Chief Executive – IAAF

13:45 – 14:15
Engine Oils: A Glimpse into the Near Future
Adrian Hill, Automotive Product Manager – Morris Lubricants

14:30 – 15:00
Institute of the Motor Industry MOT-Focused Update
Chris Cotterill, Business Development Manager – IMI
Colin Hankey, Business Development Manager – IMI

15:15 – 15:45
Top Technician Expert Session
Top Technician

7 June 2018

10:30 – 11:00
GDPR update: IGA support and GDPR myths debunked

11:15 – 12:30
Keynote Panel; Connectivity & the Aftermarket, Hosted by the SMMT
Peter Lawton, Senior Section Manager – SMMT


OESAA delivers another successful Autoinform for Scottish delegates

More than 100 delegates from across Scotland, northern England and Ireland attended this year’s Autoinform Live at the GTG Academy in Glasgow over the weekend of the 14th and 15th of April, declaring the event a resounding success.

The Scottish event aims to make the wealth of knowledge shared at Autoinform Wolverhampton available to the industry professionals north of the border, giving them access to OESAA-approved, high quality training.

ADS Automotive’s Dave Massey delivered an interactive, ‘how-to’ workshop on the benefits of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), giving garage owners the tools to enhance their business’ online presence themselves.

Saturday night’s Gala dinner, held at the Crowne Plaza Glasgow, featured the comic talents of Dave Fulton and allowed delegates and trainers alike the chance to network and discuss the day’s activities.

Technical Services Manager at Schaeffler, Malcolm Short said: “Once again, we’ve had another fantastic weekend of learning. We’ve also had some new suppliers here this weekend, and they’ve loved it.

“All the attendees think this is the best show ever, and they say that at every single show, which is good because it means that we’re improving. I’m really looking forward to the next one.”

For up to date information about OESAA and the latest news on AutoInform LIVE events, please visit

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Volvo wants 50% of sales electric

Volvo Cars aims for fully electric cars to make up 50% of its sales by 2025.

The company’s strategy to generate half of its sales from electric cars by 2025 positions it as a powerful player in China, the world’s leading market for electrified cars.

The Chinese government plans to have new-energy vehicles account for more than 20% of the country’s annual car sales by 2025, which equates to more than seven million vehicles, based on Chinese government forecasts.

‘Last year we made a commitment to electrification in preparation for an era beyond the internal combustion engine,’ said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. ‘Today we reinforce and expand that commitment in the world’s leading market for electrified cars. China’s electric future is Volvo Cars’ electric future.’

Volvo Cars currently produces the S90 and S90L T8 Twin Engine in China. Soon all three Volvo Cars China plants – Luqiao, Chengdu and Daqing – will produce either plug-in hybrid or battery electric cars.

China is Volvo Cars’ largest individual market and this year delivered a 23.3% first-quarter sales increase, contributing to the company’s first-quarter global sales growth of 14%.

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Last chance to book a place at the IAAF Industry Briefing Session in Glasgow

The IAAF is heading to Glasgow, to the premises of The Turbo Guy on Thursday 17 May for the second Industry Briefing Session of 2018.

The agenda for the session will be very much the same as for the Coventry event, with IAAF Membership Development Manager Mike Smallbone giving an update on the latest industry developments, and highlighting the IAAF’s influence on the recent lobbying successes regarding the scrapped MOT proposals and Type Approval legislation, as well as recent developments across the UK and Europe, where pressure continues to mount on the European Commission to begin work on legislation that introduces an interoperable, standardised, secure and safe, in-vehicle open telematics platform (OTP).

The Industry Briefing Session held at the Phocas offices in Coventry in March

The main guest speaker will be Nona Bowkis from Lawgistics, who will discuss General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on 25 May.

Nona Bowkis will explain the basic principles of GDPR and some of the consequences that business owners could face if they failed to be GDPR compliant. Although the topic of GDPR is both all-encompassing and complicated, a fundamental grasp of the process could assist businesses in avoiding falling foul of the law.

Following the Coventry event, Mike Smallbone was quoted as saying, “It was clear our members hugely benefitted from learning more about GDPR and electric vehicle technology, and the impact both will have on them personally and as part of the aftermarket.

“These briefings are gathering more momentum as we go on; they’re providing real value to members in terms of industry insight. We are expecting another highly engaging session and large turnout at the next briefing.”

The session will finish at around 1.00 pm with lunch, when delegates will have the opportunity to network with fellow members and then there will be two demonstrations, one on turbo testing and the second on how a DPF is cleaned and returned to OE specification.

As limited spaces are available, IAAF is advising members to book early to avoid disappointment. Download the  Booking Form and once completed return it to Ann Silvester.

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