After the Easter break, recall notices have started to flow again with Hyundai, Honda, Subaru and Volkswagen needing vehicles to visit a dealer to have a range of issues rectified.
A number of new 2018 Hyundai i30 (PD) vehicles which were sold between July 18 and October 1, 2018, will need to visit a dealer due to an issue being identified with the sunroof motor software.
Certain batches of sunroof motors have been afflicted with incorrect software installation which may prevent the automatic safety stop function from working correctly. An affected vehicle’s sunroof will continue to close even if it is obstructed. This could potentially lead to injury if a body part is caught between the glass and sunroof window frame.
Hyundai will be contacting known owners of affected i30 vehicles and advising that they need to be presented at an authorised dealer. Affected VINs can be found here.
A recall notice has been issued for the following Honda vehicles fitted with a replacement airbag inflator between March 1, 2015, and December 31, 2017:
2001-2007 Honda Accord
2003-2006 Honda MDX
In the event of an accident occurring the internal pressure of the inflators fitted as replacement parts may increase abnormally during deployment and cause the inflator container to rupture.
Should an airbag inflator rupture, metal fragments may be expelled through the airbag cushion and into the vehicle potentially causing serious injury or death to vehicle occupants.
Affected owners can expect to be contacted by Honda Australia and advised on how to arrange for the replacement airbag inflator to once again be replaced. A list of affected VINs can be found here.
In a similar vein, the following Subaru vehicles that have already had their faulty Takata airbag inflators replaced have been recalled again:
MY2004-2014 Impreza (includes WRX and WRX STI)
MY2009-2012 Forester
MY2010-2014 Liberty
MY2010-2014 Outback
These vehicles had their Takata passenger airbag inflator replaced with Takata airbag inflators of the same type ('like for like' replacement) which will need to now be replaced with non-Takata airbags.
As with all Takata airbags, as they age, are exposed to high temperatures or humidity the risk of the airbag inflator propellant degrading increases. This can result in the metal inflator housing rupturing and expelling metal fragments into the vehicle potentially causing serious injury or death.
Owners of affected vehicles should contact their nearest Subaru dealership as soon as possible to arrange for the airbag to be replaced free of charge. A list of affected VINs can be found here.
Finally this week, Volkswagen has issued three recall notices. The first is for 2006-2016 Volkswagen Crafter vehicles supplied between June 30, 2006, and January 1, 2017, in the states of Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.
These vehicles (VINs found here) need their Takata airbags replaced as soon as possible. Volkswagen will be contacting known affected owners or concerned owners can call the Volkswagen Recall Campaign Hotline on 1800 504 076 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am-8pm AEST). All airbag inflators will be changed free of charge.
2019 Volkswagen Caddy vehicles supplied between September 1, 2018, and April 26, 2019, need to visit a dealership due to a potential issue with the front backrest padding.
For a limited production period, the front backrest padding may not have been incorrectly fitted which, in the event of an accident, may prevent the side airbags from deploying properly increasing the risk of an injury being sustained.
Volkswagen will be contacting known affected owners (VINs found here) to arrange for an inspection and repair if necessary.
Finally, a select number of 2016-2018 Passat and Arteon vehicles that had their sunroof trim panel replaced have been recalled again due to an issue with an incorrect primer product used during the repair process.
In affected vehicles, the panoramic sunroof panel may detach from the sunroof frame which could lead to an accident or injury to vehicle occupants and other road users.
Volkswagen will be contacting known affected owners to arrange for a repair of their vehicle. Affected VINs can be found here.
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