Renault has called back around 402,000 Clio subcompacts and 64,000 Kangoo vans built at its Maubeuge site in France due to brake issues. Renault commenced the recall of the Clio in August, covering those that may have a badly installed part that can rub on the brake lines. Renault recalled the Kangoo earlier this month to fix faulty installation of the ABS in which some connectors were found to have been reversed.
A spokesman for the carmaker said that no accidents or injuries have been tied to the defect. On the other hand, Daimler has confirmed it was recalling the Mercedes-Benz Citan small delivery van – which is based on the Kangoo -- to assess whether brake lines were incorrectly installed on models built from September 2012 to May 2013.
The recall covered 6,597 Citans in Germany alone, according to a spokeswoman for Mercedes. It was not the first time that Mercedes recalled the Citan. In May 2013, Mercedes called back 3,500 Citans in Europe due to faulty airbags, shortly after the vehicle only got three of five stars in a EuroNCAP crash test.
The latest Citan recall commenced of July, and requires vans to be checked at a workshop for about an hour, the spokeswoman said. Renault produced 137,715 vehicles in Maubeuge last year, of which 17,687 were Mercedes Citan models.