Fiat recalling 500,000 units of the Grande Punto

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

This is the third recall related to the Fiat Grande Punto's steering column that had been announced since Fiat Group Automobiles discovered the defect. The recall of 500,000 units is the largest of the three and it affects Fiat's top-selling car in Europe and worldwide the Grande Punto and Grande Punto Abarth built in 2008 and 2009.

Half of the cars were sold in Italy and the other half were from rest of Europe. Fiat, which had voluntarily begun to fix the problem last month, claims that no accidents have been reported due to the problem.

The previous two recalls were significantly lower than the third one. In November 2006, Fiat cited a faulty steering column fastening when it recalled about 21,000 right-hand-drive versions of the Grande Punto sold in the UK.

In March 2008, Fiat recalled nearly 44,000 left-hand-drive Grande Punto models that were manufactured between March 2006 and September 2007 for unspecified problems in the lower part of the steering column.

For the third recall, European consumer watchdog RAPEX gave a more specific description of the problem.

Fiat is reportedly checking the Grande Punto because possible incorrect tightening of the steering shaft upper joint fixing screw could lead to the breakage of the shaft, with consequent loss of steering control which could lead to an accident.

Topics: fiat, fiat punto, recall

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

In Japan, Toyota stays in the limelight by always cooking up something new for its famous 86 sports car. A colour orange Toyota 86 performance edition is one that’s hard...
by - December 4, 2016
Back in 2009, Nissan first introduced the Nissan Leaf, the company’s first all-electric vehicle. LEAF stands for Leading Environmentally-friendly Affordable Family car and this particular EV has been considered as...
by - December 3, 2016
In the minivan segment, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is already impressive in terms of fuel economy figures – as rated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, the...
by - December 2, 2016
Having a blacked-out Bentley Mulsanne Speed is already menacing by itself but by naming it as the Bamford X, it became all the more imposing. This model was made by...
by - December 2, 2016
We have good news for those who are waiting for the latest version of the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover. It was just unveiled in November at the 2016 Los Angeles...
by - December 2, 2016
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries