Tuesday, December 5th 2023

Alert: risk of fire in Citroën, DS and Peugeot batteries

According to OCU, the battery failure could affect up to 70,000 vehicles.

OCU reminds that the fault must be corrected by the affected brands free of charge.

Extended information: with more data, as well as the list of the most reliable car brands according to OCU surveys.

The EU’s rapid alert system for non-food dangerous products (formerly known as RAPEX) has reported safety failures in batteries due to corrosion caused by possible leakage, resulting in a risk of fire. A problem that could affect up to 70,000 Citroën, DS and Peugeot cars sold in Spain, according to the Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU).

The Citroën cars affected are C5 Aircross cars manufactured between 20/01/2020 and 10/01/2023. The DS brand vehicles, meanwhile, would be the DS7 Crossback manufactured between 19/02/2019 and 22/11/2022. Peugeot, meanwhile, would be the 3008 V2 manufactured between 12/03/2019 and 12/12/2022, along with the 508 V2 manufactured between 10/07/2029 and 25/01/2023.

The Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU) understands that Citroën, DS and Peugeot will be contacting the owners of these vehicles to resolve the problem, which should be done free of charge and as soon as possible. It also recommends asking the brand’s customer service department if your vehicle is among those affected, especially if it was purchased second-hand; in this case, the owner is most likely not in the brand’s database.

This information has been compiled by a team of OCU engineers, economists, lawyers, statisticians, editors and designers who, in collaboration with independent laboratories, have been analysing the main consumer products and services since 1975. Their work is based on the principles of savings, quality, efficiency and sustainability, but above all on the independence provided by its more than 200,000 active members.



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