In the latest round of recalls, two unrelated issues across three separate models have surfaced, concerning the 2015 and 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK, and the 2012-2013 Citroen C4 Aircross and its closely related Peugeot 4008 sibling sold between 2012 and 2015.
In the case of the Mercedes-Benz SLK the recall concerns the electronic stability control software (which Benz refers to as Electronic Stability Program, or ESP).
In some situations the ESP may leave the brakes slightly engaged following brake intervention from one of the vehicle’s driver assistance systems, like the cruise control, which can lead to continuous vehicle deceleration.
The fault may cause the brakes to overheat, reducing braking ability and increasing the risk of injury to occupants and other road users.
The Peugeot 4008 (top of page) and Citroen C4 Aircross are both being recalled with regard to tailgate gas struts that may have had insufficient anti-corrosion coating applied. This has the potential to lead to corrosion which may weaken the strut end cap, resulting in an increased risk of the tailgate suddenly falling closed, presenting a strike risk.
In each instance owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by the respective brand by mail, with the Mercedes-Benz requiring a software update and Peugeot and Citroen needing replacement parts. Owners wishing to know more are advised to contact their local dealer.