Brake fluid in 2018 model Alfa Romeo Giulias and Stelvios has been contaminated, prompting the recall.
We tend to rely on the brakes working properly while driving, but this may not be the case with certain Alfa Romeo models. The Italian automaker has issued a recall for new models of the Giulia and Stelvio in reaction to reports that several hundred examples of the sedan and crossover have been filled with "contaminated" brake fluid, which could eventually damage the brakes and affect their performance. Luckily, the issue isn't too widespread as only 2018 model Giulias and Stelvios manufactured between November 14 and 23, 2017 are affected.
According to the NHTSA, 307 models will need to be recalled in the US. Alfa Romeo was made aware of the issue last November when two cars "failed the dynamic Customer Product Audit test and experienced a loss of clutch pressure," prompting a laboratory analysis. Alfa Romeo then discovered "a pallet containing both brake and clutch fluid and mineral oil was used starting November 13, 2017." The issue convinced the automaker to come up with a bypass system within the plant to use brake and clutch fluid directly from uncontaminated barrels before issuing the recall. Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by Alfa Romeo to start the recall process, which will begin on February 8.
Each SUV and crossover will need to be taken to a local dealer to have their braking systems checked and replaced entirely if necessary.