AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has agreed to recall seven 2019-2021 model year Alfa Romeo Stelvio sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and two 2020-2021 model year Alfa Romeo Giulia four-door sedans due to a potentially defective anti-lock brake system (ABS), a total of nine vehicles.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Part 573 Safety Recall Report 21V-309, the Alfa Romeo vehicles “may have been built with an AntiLock Brake System (“ABS”) Hydraulic Control Unit (“HCU”) with a missing or partially missing weld of the rotor to the brushless motor.”
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The result of this potential defect, according to NHTSA, is “During a hard braking maneuver, the ABS HCU rotor and shaft may separate, which could lead to a reduction in braking assistance and loss of ABS functionality. Full mechanical braking is still available.
“The loss of braking assistance and ABS functionality may reduce the overall braking performance which can cause a vehicle crash without prior warning.”
There have been no reported owner complaints or accidents due to this condition, according to NHTSA.
The affected Stelvio SUVs were produced between Feb. 2019 and Dec. 2020, while the Giulia models were built between Feb. 2020 and Feb. 2021.
Dealers and owners are scheduled to be notified about the recall beginning June 23rd. The remedy is replacement of the ABS HCU in the recalled vehicles at no expense to dealer or owner.