A significant number of vehicle recall notices have been issued this week from manufacturers including Skoda, Mercedes-Benz, Isuzu, Kia, Mazda, Porsche and Audi.
Kicking off the recalls this week is a notice for 2015-2018 Skoda Superb II vehicles (VINs found here) that may have an issue with the front turn signal failing which may also go undetected.
If the fault is not detected no warning lights or sounds will be activated resulting in a prolonged defect and an increased risk of an accident or injury occurring to vehicle occupants and other road users.
Skoda will contact known owners to arrange an inspection and repair if necessary.
Two recall notices were issued by Mercedes-Benz this week with the first concerning 2019 Sprinter VS30 vans (VINs found here). Affected vehicles have a problem with the seat height adjuster seam which may not have been welded correctly to meet specification which could cause the seam to break in the event of an accident reducing the effectiveness of the restraint systems.
Also recalled were 2018-2019 Mercedes-Benz E-, G- and S-Class models, along with several AMG GT vehicles (VINs found here) which may contain materials in the oil lines that do not meet specifications. This may result in oil leaks which could start a fire in the vehicle.
In both cases, Mercedes-Benz is asking affected owners to make contact with their preferred dealer to arrange for a free repair.
A large number of 2018-2019 D-Max Crew Cab utes (VINs found here) have been recalled due to the rear leaf spring having an insufficient diameter of the front eye which could cause it to fracture causing the driver to have diminishing control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of an accident.
Isuzu will contact known owners to arrange an inspection and replacement of the rear leaf spring assembly and parking brake cable if required, free of charge.
Another manufacturer with multiple recalls this week was Kia who has issued a notice for a large number of 2011-2014 Kia Carnival VQ vehicles (VINs found here) which may develop a fuel leak due to the fuel rail in petrol variants developing a heat-induced crack. Fuel may leak onto road surfaces and potentially cause a fire.
A significant number of 2006-2009 Kia Sorento BL and 2006-2010 Kia Carnival VQ vehicles (VINs found here) were also recalled due to the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU), responsible for the Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Stability Control System and Traction Control System, not deactivating even when the vehicle is switched off.
If moisture enters the HECU an electrical short may occur which could lead to a fire when the key is switched off.
For both recall notices Kia will contact all known owners to arrange for an inspection. As parts for both recalls become available in July (hopefully if the Coronavirus does not slow the process), Kia will contact affected owners again to arrange an appointment to have the vehicle repaired.
A recall notice for 2014-2015 Mazda CX-5 (KE) vehicles (VINS found here) refers to the daytime running lights (DRL) potentially flickering or failing to illuminate when driving.
DRLs that do not function as intended make the vehicle less conspicuous in traffic and may increase the risk of an accident and injury to the vehicle occupants or other road
Mazda will contact known owners when parts become available (hopefully in April) to present their vehicle for a free inspection and repair.
2014-2015 Porsche Macan, Macan S, Macan GTS and Macan Turbo models (VINs found here) have been recalled due to the potential for the service cover for the fuel pump to make contact with the fuel filter flange which may result in damage. If the fuel filter flange becomes damaged, this can result in a fuel leak leading to a fire.
Affected owners can expect a letter from Porsche advising that a free inspection and repair needs to be carried out at a preferred Porsche Centre. In the meantime, owners should not use or place substantial weight on the right rear seat. If the smell of fuel is present, park safely and immediately contact the nearest Porsche dealer.
Finally, five 2019 Audi Q7 (4M) vehicles have been recalled (VINs found here) due to the fastener securing an air duct component in the curtain airbag potentially detaching in the event of an accident where the airbag is triggered. This may cause the curtain airbag to not inflate sufficiently increasing the risk of injury to the occupant.
Audi will contact known owners to arrange an inspection and repair of the vehicle at their preferred Audi dealer.
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