WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced two separate brake-related recalls, one for a potential brake-pedal failure in certain Audi Q3 vehicles, and another concerning inadvertent parking-brake actuation in certain Volvo Trucks.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. agreed to recall 313 Audi Q3 subcompact sport utility vehicles (SUVs) because a manufacturing error at a sub-supplier might lead to either a deformed brake pedal or the brake pedal coming off the brake-pedal plate, according to NHTSA Part 573 Safety Recall Report 20V-786.
The driver might still be able to operate the brakes in either situation, but the area for the driver’s foot would be reduced which could increase the risk of a crash, the report added.
Volvo Recalls 15,000+ Trucks Due to Brake Issue
The remedy begins with an inspection of the brake-pedal weld point at the dealership. If the weld is determined inadequate, the brake pedal will be replaced (at no cost to the owner).
Audi will begin notifying dealers this week and owners Jan. 31, 2021.
Volvo Trucks North America has agreed to recall 6,314 2021 VAH, VHD, VNL, and VNR model vehicles manufactured from July 8 to December 8, 2020 because the trucks’ parking brake might activate while the vehicle is being driven and the driver may lose control of the vehicle under certain conditions increasing the risk of a vehicle crash, according to NHTSA Part 573 Safety Recall Report 20V-782.
The company issued a stop-delivery order Dec. 8 for vehicles at the manufacturing facility.
According to the NHTSA report, the defect is: “The collets (internal jaws) for the brass fitting inserts used in the pneumatic pass-through plate may have been damaged during leak testing by the supplier, Norgren. The potential consequence is the brass fitting may completely release the air brake line from the pass-through plate while under pressure. If this occurs on the park brake circuit, signal pressure that holds off the mechanical spring in the park brake chambers will be lost allowing the park brakes to apply.”
The remedy includes inspection of the vehicles included in the recall and potential replacement of the collets.
Dealers were notified earlier this month; owners will be notified beginning Jan. 31, 2021.