Automotive News Alert May 2018 (2)
Audi Australia Pty Ltd — Audi Q5 (FY)
Audi Australia recently recalled the Audi Q5 due to a defective weld joint that connects the central tube for the dash panel to the chute that helps the airbag inflate correctly, which may cause the chute to be distorted. Due to this defect, Airbag could be damaged during deployment or the airbag will lose its protective capabilities.
Volvo Group Australia — UD Trucks - Quon
Volvo Group Australia recently noticed some problem in UD Truck's Headlight and issued a recall notice to all the affected UD trucks owners to arrange inspection and repair of vehicles. The main defect of the vehicle is the headlight. In affected vehicles, headlights may not illuminate when stalk switch is turned on and may suddenly turn off or illuminate intermittently while driving. This problem can pose serious accident implications for the truck driver and other road users.
Suzuki Auto Co — Recalled Suzuki SX4 & Suzuki Kizashi
In May 2018, Suzuki Australia had issued a recall for Suzuki Sx4 & Suzuki Kizashi due to a manufacturing error. The main reason of recall was a defect in resistor mounted on the circuit board inside the CVT controller may develop a crack in the soldered portion. Due to this defect, CVT controller may lose the capability to control the CVT oil pressure properly, which results in restricted vehicle speed and poor acceleration.
IVECO Buses in Brake Caliper Safety Recall
As per the recent recall notice from ACCC, some IVECO Metro and Delta Buses are recalled due to some safety issue. According to Iveco, some Ivceo Metro and Delta buses may have their brake calipers incorrectly fitted to wrong side of axle. Due to this defect, caliper slide may impact the suspension arm before the brake pads are completely worn out and before the pad sensor triggers a dash warning light, which may increase the risk of an accident and/or occupant injury.
Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd — MY06 - MY12 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, ML-Class and SLK-Class Passenger Cars
Mercedes-Benz Australia has recently announced a recall of MY06 - MY12 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, ML-Class and SLK-Class Passenger Cars due to Airbag inflator issue. Actual defect in Airbag inflator is that as it gets older, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can cause the airbag inflator propellant to degrade.
In the case of any collision, if defective airbag inflator ruptures, metal fragments may propel out through the airbag cushion towards the car driver causing serious damage.
Mazda Australia Pty Ltd — Mazda CX-3
Mazda Australia publicly issued a recall notice due to some recently observed PCM calibration defect in Mazda CX-3 (DK) Diesel. In this, all the affected car's owners need to connect with their nearby Mzada dealer for inspection and install PCM calibration at no cost. The main problem is that if the engine is operated at high revs in an unloaded condition, residual oil that may accumulate in the engine intake system may be drawn into the engine and result in an engine over run condition. It will cause the engine to run at high RPM uncontrollably until the engine either fails or is damaged.
FCA Australia Pty Ltd — 2018 (KL) Jeep Cherokee equipped with 2.4L (ED6, ED8) engine
FCA Australia Pty Ltd recalled 2018(KL) Jeep cherokee equipped with 2.4L (ED6, ED8) engine. As per company officials, this vehicles may have been built with an incorrectly manufactured fuel tube. This defect can cause fuel leakage problem that can potentially increase the risk of subsequent engine compartment fire. With the high risk of compartment fire, fuel leak could also cause the vehicle to lose power and shut down without prior warning.
FCA Australia Pty Ltd — 2004-2007 (KJ) Jeep Cherokee
FCA Australia Pty Ltd has recently observed a defect in rear suspension of 2004-07 (KJ) Jeep Cherokee. As per company officials, the rear suspension lower controls arms may experience excessive corrosion and could eventually break. This broken rear suspension can reduced vehicle control and may cause a crash without prior warning. FCA Australia has notified all the affected vehicle owners regarding this defect for parts replacement. Consumer will then be able to schedule an inspection and repair in June 2018 on the availability of parts.
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