Vehicle recalls this week have been issued by three manufacturers – Toyota, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz – for a variety of reasons including more Takata airbag issues.
Mercedes-Benz issued a recall for 230 C300 Hybrid and C350 Hybrid vehicles sold between December 30, 2014, and April 28, 2017.
Certain vehicles have been identified as having an electric line in the engine compartment routed incorrectly which can cause chafe on a reinforcement strut which can lead to a short circuit and potentially cause a fire that could be hazardous to vehicle occupants and other road users.
A free repair for the issue is available by contacting the nearest Mercedes-Benz dealership. A list of affected vehicles found here.
Mercedes-Benz also issued a recall for 3059 Sprinter 906 Series ES Edition vans sold between November 1, 2006, and October 31, 2017, as well as 2559 other Sprinter 906 Series ES Edition vans sold between the same period in relation to faulty Takata airbags.
As with all faulty Takata airbags, as they age the risk increases as the propellant degrades, they can also be affected by humidity and high temperatures. In the event of an accident where the airbag is triggered, the metal inflator housing has the potential to explode and project metal fragments outwards which is a serious risk for the vehicle occupants.
Concerned owners can contact their local Mercedes-Benz dealership, use their VIN to check here (first 3059) or here (second 2559) or use their registration to check here to see if their vehicle is affected by the recall. A free replacement airbag inflator will be fitted by Mercedes-Benz.
Toyota requires a number of 86 and GT86 vehicles manufactured between April 9, 2012, and July 8, 2013, to visit a Toyota dealership for an inspection and free repair if necessary due to an issue that may cause the engine valve spring to fracture if the performance load exceeds the valve spring’s fatigue strength.
Should the valve spring fracture a sudden loss of power whilst driving may result with the engine possibly being unable to be restarted. Affect VINs can be found here or owners will be contacted by mail.
Also recalled were Toyota Corolla ZZE122 vehicles manufactured between April 21, 2004, and February 28, 2007, which could have an issue with the airbag system.
An electrical shorting may damage the circuits in the Airbag Sensor Assembly (ECU) which could cause the airbag warning lights to illuminate and the front airbags to deactivate or unexpectedly deploy which could increase the risk of injury or cause an accident.
Unfortunately, parts are not yet available to fix the issue so Toyota will contact known owners and inform them of the dangers and strongly recommend owners stop driving their vehicle immediately.
Toyota will contact known owners again when parts are available and advise the vehicle be taken to the preferred Toyota dealer. They will also be offering to arrange to have the vehicle towed to the place of replacement to prevent owners from having to drive their vehicle. A list of affected VINs can also be found here. Owners can also contact the Toyota Recall Assist Helpline on 1800 987 366 (Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm AEDT) for more information.
2256 Toyota Corolla (ZZE121, ZZE122, ZZE123) vehicles manufactured between October 8, 2001, and January 29, 2007, as well as 143 Toyota Avensis vehicles manufactured between October 3, 201 and May 6, 2003, have been recalled in relation to the Takata airbag issues. Some of these vehicles are also affected by the above recall. A list of affected VINs can be found here.
Finally, 89 Lexus SC430 (UZZ40) vehicles sold between January 12, 2001, and July 10, 2013, have been recalled to replace Takata airbags recall, the list of affected VINs can be found here.
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