Automotive News Alert - Aug-2018
1) Around 2 Millions Cars Still affected by Deadly Takata Airbags
As per the report of ACCC, 1.8 million cars in Australia still need replacement of deadly Takata airbags as the mandatory recall. ACCC has released detailed data report state wise that showing recall rates of affected vehicles due to Takata Airbags. As per the report, in the last one year around 1.1. Million replacement was done in 930,000 cars.
As per their reports, around 19500 cars still have "alpha" airbags which are most dangerous and pending for replacement. ACCC suggested to drivers to not drive cars containing these airbags until the issue has been fixed.
2) Ford Motors Australia recalled Ford Kuga due to Engine Oil Leakage Issue:
Recently Ford Motors Australia has recently issued a notice of recall for Ford Kuga model built from 13th Dec 2014 to 25th September 2015 due to Oil leakage issue. As per the Company, in this particular model of the mentioned period, if the engine overheats, this can result in an oil leak, leading to loss of engine oil on the road. This will create the slippery surface and can cause potential accident hazard for road users.
3) Volkswagen Group Australia has recalled various models due to Takata Airbag defect.
Volkswagen Group Australia Pty Ltd trading as Skoda Australia has recently recalled some of their models like Fabia II, Fabia III, Roomster, Rapid, Yeti, Octavia III, Superb II, Superb III and Kodiaq due to Takata Airbag Issue. As per Volkswagen Group, if an affected is involved in a collision triggering the airbag. Due to that airbag inflator rupture and metal fragment could shoot out towards the vehicle occupants that may cause severe injury or fatality.
4) Mercedes-Benz Australia has recalled C43, C63 and E63 Models
In their one of the big announcement, Mercedes Benz Australia has recalled C43, C63 and E63 passengers car models due to a laser welding manufacturing issue. The laser welding between the backrest member and backrest fitting may not comply with specifications in the driver and front passenger seats and may not withstand the required load values. Due to this defect, the fitting may detach from the backrest member and may cause injury.
To overcome this defect, the vehicle owner needs to contact their nearest Mercedes-Benz dealer to arrange an inspection and repair of the vehicle.
5) Mercedes-Benz Australia has recalled Vito, Viano and Valente Vans
In the series of Takata Airbag affected vehicles recall, Mercedes-Benz Australia has issued a recall notice for Vito, Viano and Valente Vans for replacement of Takata Airbag inflator free of charge. Airbag inflator propellant to degrade as it gets older. If an affected vehicle is involved in a collision, then defective airbag inflator ruptures and metal fragments may propel out towards the car driver that may cause serious injury.
1) Audi and Ericsson test 5G Technology in Vehicle Production:
Audi with telecommunications technology firm, Ericsson have joined forces to test the use of the emerging 5G mobile phone and network technology in automotive production for the first time. The primary objective of this collaborations is to investigate the potential of 5G as a future-proof communication technology that meets the high demands of car production.
2) Ford Targets Potholes to Reduce Wheel and Tyre Damage:
Ford is introducing pothole detection technology to the new Focus, to mitigate the damage caused when striking potholes. The system is available as an option, in conjunction with Ford’s Continuously Controlled Damping system. It uses sensors to detect potholes and then adjusts the suspension to limit how far the wheel can drop, energetically jumping over the hole.
3) Industry Launches Takata Targeting Tools:
The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has launched a new website which directly tells consumers if their vehicle contains a Takata airbag. http://www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au/ now allows consumers to actively search for their vehicle’s registration to determine if it needs a Takata airbag replacement.
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