Renault Recalls Half A Mllion Cars Due To Engine DefectAug 7, 2002 | AP French car maker Renault is recalling a half-million vehicles across Europe due to an engine design fault, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
Spokesman Jean-Paul Mari said the recalls concern some 500,000 of Renault's Megane Scenic, Laguna, Espace models made between 1997 and 2000 — but only those fitted with a 1.9-liter diesel engines.
"There is a design fault with the belt that drives the alternator on this engine series," Mari said. "In some rare instances, at low engine speed, the belt can come off and damage the engine."
Mari said the automaker would fix the problem free of charge. Cars around Europe are concerned by the recall.
The spokesman said Renault had registered 1,500 engine breakdowns due to the faulty belt, but in none of the cases did the defect cause death or injury.