A variety of vehicle recall notices have been issued this week from manufacturers including Ford, Toyota, Subaru, Bentley, Audi and epic recaller Mercedes-Benz.
Let’s start off the recall list this week with an all-too-familiar Takata airbag recall notice, this time from Crossover Car Conversions for 2005-2014 Ford Mustang and 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles sold between June 1, 2005, and June 15, 2018.
We’ve been preaching of the dangers of the Takata airbags for a while now but in case you missed the memo, as the Takata airbags 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.
A free airbag inflator needs to be fitted free of charge as soon as possible. A list of affected VINs can be found here or by checking the industry supported website established to combat the Takata airbag scandal.
This week has also seen 2019 Toyota Yaris Hatch five-door NCP131 vehicles which were sold between February 26 and May 21, 2019, recalled due to an issue with the left-hand rear door window glass.
It appears that during the manufacturing process the glass may have been inadequately tempered which, in the event of the glass being broken, may cause the glass to shatter into large fragments rather than smaller pieces as intended.
Toyota will make contact with known owners by phone to alert them to the recall. Once replacement glass is available Toyota will contact the affected owners again by mail to arrange for a free replacement of the glass. Affected VINs can be found here.
Owners of new 2018-2019 Subaru Impreza hatch vehicles may also be contacted due to the same issue with the left-hand rear door window as the Yaris vehicles. Affected VINs, in this case, can be found here.
A number of 2018-2019 Bentley Continental GT vehicles which were sold between June 27, 2018, and February 13, 2019, have been recalled due to an issue with the centre console switchpack.
It appears the centre console switchpack may suffer a loss of illumination and operation of certain functions due to a software fault. If this does occur the hazard warning lights and the defrost demist function will not work which could increase the risk of an accident occurring.
Bentley will contact known affected owners by mail to arrange to have the software upgraded. A list of affected VINs can be found here.
Also recalled this week were a limited number of 2019 Audi A4 and A5 vehicles which may have an issue with the shock absorbers.
Affected vehicles shock absorbers may fail and potentially separate the suspension components which could result in a loss of control of the vehicle if the vehicle is in motion at the time the fault occurs.
Known affected owners can expect to be contacted by Audi to arrange to have their vehicle inspected and repaired if necessary. Affected VINs can be found here also.
Finally this week, three recall notices have been issued by Mercedes-Benz (can someone please inform them that it is not a competition?). This first recall is for 2018-2019 X-Class vehicles (VINs found here) sold between February 1, 2018, and May 30, 2019, which may have incorrect or insufficient warning information in the operator’s manual. A free replacement operator’s manual and software update is available from preferred Mercedes-Benz dealerships.
Brand new 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van VS30 vehicles sold between January 29 and May 28, 2019, have also been recalled due to a software defect that affects the automatic high beam headlight operation.
It appears the headlights may not revert to low beam automatically when oncoming vehicles approach which could increase the risk of an accident occurring. Affected VINs can be found here with a free repair available by contacting a preferred Mercedes-Benz dealership.
The final recall this week is for 2019 Mercedes-Benz C and E-Class vehicles which were sold between February 4, 2019, and March 29, 2019.
Affected vehicles may have incorrect screws on the exhaust gas turbocharger oil return and the crankcase which could cause it to not seal properly. This, in turn, may cause the exhaust gas turbocharger oil return feed line to leak with oil coming into contact with hot components and potentially causing a fire hazard.
Affected customers (VINs found here) need to contact their preferred Mercedes-Benz retailer to arrange a free repair.
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