2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Involved in Two Separate Recalls

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Alfa Romeo Stelvio owners are having to make a lot of trips back to the dealership.

The Italian automaker has announced two more recalls for the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, bringing the grand total to four in as many months. The first recall affects 12,595 units and Alfa Romeo says water can possibly leak into the body control modules and corrode the modules and connectors. If this does occur, the driver may notice a variety of symptoms, including illuminated warning lights, non-functioning windshield wipers, turn signals activating for no reason, a failing horn, and a complete loss of interior lighting.

An internal investigation was first opened in September 2017 by FCA, after the company learned of a warranty claim concerning corrosion on the front wiring harness connector. Another investigation was opened after the automaker found how many electrical functions can fail, along with engineers that water can intrude through the sheetmetal sealant at the A-pillar.

To resolve the issue, dealerships will install additional sealing protection to prevent water from entering the body control modules and connectors. The recall is expected to begin May 18, 2018.

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The second recall also affects 12,595 units with corrosion problems, which can cause the liftgates to unintentionally open while driving under 3 mph. An investigation was opened in January after the automaker received a warranty claim with the problem on the tailgate of a 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Engineers used hand-held tools and discovered water could leak through faulty seals in the rear liftgate panels. In addition, water also leaked through sealing at the rear tail lights and corroded the wiring harnesses, connectors, and switches.

To resolve the second issue, dealers will install additional protection to prevent water from leaking into the components and wiring. That recall is also expected to begin on May 18.

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