Alfa Carbon Brake Failures Bring Recall

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Stellantis through its FCA US, LLC is recalling certain model-year 2017-2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia and 2018-2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vehicles equipped with optional carbon ceramic matrix brakes which might exhibit rotor failure.

The 719 vehicles within the recall population – 603 of the Giulia four-door sedans, 116 of the Stelvio SUVs – were equipped with the optional braking system which, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Part 573 Safety Recall Report 23V-382, “During certain driving maneuvers, the brake system may react with an excessive clamp force that fractures the rotor which decreases brake performance.”

The root cause, according to NHTSA’s report, is an electronic parking brake with a roll away prevention feature that can put excessive pressure on the rotors.

Should this occur, the federal agency reported, braking distances could be altered which could lead to an accident or incident.

There have been no consumer complaints as to this condition nor have there been any reports of any accidents or incidents.

To remedy the situation, FCA will ask customers within the recall population to bring their vehicles to an authorized dealer where they will have their brake-system module (BSM) software updated. There are no defective parts to be replaced during this recall action.

Alfa Romeo dealers and consumers are scheduled to be notified by FCA July 19th.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.