Fiat is recalling around 21,000 of its Grande Punto superminis after it was discovered that a metal plate was missing from early right-hand models of the car.
The metal load-spreading plate can help prevent the driver sustaining serious knee injuries in a frontal crash. The car had gained a five-star Euro NCAP rating, but cars without the metal plate would have only scored four stars.
Fiat is contacting affected owners with the offer of free checks and remedial work.
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