The history of Alfa Romeo and recent car recalls

General Article

The Italian marque of Alfa Romeo is well known throughout the globe as premium cars manufacturer which gained worldwide recognition after their successful bouts in the, Formula One, touring and as well as rallies. Their success could be attributed to the fact that the company produced its first racing car in 1913 just three years after the company was established. It took only a decade for the marque to win the inaugural world championship for Grand Prix. It was the victories gained from these races that gave Alfa Romeo the sporty image that the marque was eventually recognized for. The association with Enzo Ferrari (Scuderia Ferrari racing team) was in fact under the flag of the Alfa Romeo racing team before Ferrari eventually became independent in 1939.

Brief History of Alfa Romeo

Alfa was officially established in June the 24th, 1910 in Milan, Italy. The name “Alfa” is actually an acronym of “Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili.” And the first car produced by Alfa also in the same year was the 1910 which was capable of spitting out 24 HP, the brainchild of Giuseppe Merosi who also designed the car. It was not until 1915 when the company came under the control of the Neapolitan entrepreneur Nicola Romeo who rapidly converted the entire production grounds into a military hardware producing company for not just Italy, but also for the allies. It was not until 1920 that the name Romeo was added to ALFA with the Torpedo 20–30 HP being their first car to be badged as Alfa Romeo. The company was in turmoil in the 80s due to a number of reasons that saw Fiat and Ford bidding against each other for a controlling stake in the company, however, Fiat revised their offer and decided acquire Alfa Romeo in total and added that they would guarantee jobs to Italian workers. Ford was unwilling to match the bid by Fiat and withdrew. Despite the fact that the company was renowned for producing premium vehicles, Alfa Romeo has also had its fair share of recalls over the last decade.

Recalls by Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo has announced that the company would be recalling its Giulia and Stelvio vehicles produced between 2018 and 2019 due to issues with the Body Control Module (BCM) of select units that could indicate fuel levels that are inaccurate (higher than the actual amount). The recall involved 22,000 units (11,000 Giulia sedans and 10,000 Stelvio crossovers). Although vehicles operated whilst having lack of fuel could result in unwarranted incidents such as accidents whilst the car is on the road the automaker was quick to add the fact that they were unaware of any crashes or injuries that has been directly linked to the defect that was identified. It’s worth noting that you should return your car to the nearest dealership for free repair of the problem, rather than using your Alfa Romeo workshop manual. The defect was actually only discovered after several complaints were made by vehicle owners that triggered the inquiry which led to the discovery of the faulty component which was the BCM.  Further in depth investigations revealed that both the Giulia and Stelvio models were affected due to the fact that both models used the same component.