Over 1,400 vehicles recalled in UAE

Dubai - Recalled cars include electric vehicles.

By Waheed Abbas

Published: Sat 26 Dec 2020, 9:58 AM

Last updated: Sat 26 Dec 2020, 10:02 AM

Around 1,412 cars manufactured by the US and German companies have been recalled in the UAE due to malfunctions.

Audi Middle East have recalled 1,069 vehicles of three models A8, S8 and S8 Plus manufactured between 2012 and 2017 to ensure safety of the passengers.

“It has been determined that in some cases the engine compartment seal may become deformed and come loose in unfavourable circumstances. For safety reasons, it is therefore necessary to perform checks and repairs. All repairs related to this recall campaign will be completed free of charge to the customers,” the company said.

Al Nabooda Automobiles and Ali & Sons, distributors of Audi vehicles in the UAE, have been contacting customers with affected models to arrange for repairs.

The US automaker General Motors has all announced recall campaign for a limited number of 2020 GMC Acadia vehicles in the UAE.

The fuel pump assemblies in Acadia may have been produced with burrs inside the mixing tube that could prevent the transfer of fuel from the secondary side of the fuel tank to the primary side, which could obstruct fuel flow to the engine. At low fuel levels, the engine may not receive adequate fuel and vehicle may unexpectedly stall.

Al-Ghandi Auto and Bin Hamoodah Auto, distributors of General Motors in the UAE, will replace the fuel pump mode. Only seven vehicles have been affected in this recall.

General Motors has also recalled 2016 vehicles of its Terrain model manufactured between 2012 and 2013.

The vehicles’ post-catalyst oxygen sensors may provide inaccurate information to the engine control module, which manages engine combustion air-fuel ratios. If this condition occurs, tail pipe emissions may exceed allowed limits, without providing any notification to the driver. The malfunction indicator lamp (check engine light) will not illuminate.

General Motors said dealers will replace the post-catalyst oxygen sensors.

In coordination with the UAE’s Ministry of Economy, the US maker has recalled 2017 and 2019 models of Chevrolet Bolt EV vehicles as well.

“A certain number of these vehicles were built with high voltage batteries that may pose a risk of fire when charged to full, or very close to full, capacity. While the investigation into this condition continues, dealers will install a newly-developed software that will limit vehicle charging to 90 per cent of full capacity to mitigate this risk. Once the investigation is completed, and the detective battery packs have been identified and replaced or repaired, the 90 per cent charge limit will be removed,” said the car manufacturer.

A total of 109 vehicles of 2017 model and 21 vehicles of 2019 have been affected in this recall.


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