Numerous vehicle recalls have been issued this week from Audi, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo and chronic recaller Mercedes-Benz.
Audi has two recall notices this week with the first being specifically for 2018 Audi A5 models manufactured between September 2017 and June 2018 which are fitted with Dunlop “Sport Maxx RT Noise Shield 265/30 ZR 20” tyres.
It appears that the tyres may not fully comply with the approval test requirements of UN/ECE R30 which is used to ensure a vehicle complies with the Australian Design Rule ADR 23/02. As a consequence of not meeting the requirements to satisfy the Australian Design Rule ADR 23/02, tread chunking can occur at high speeds.
Known owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by Audi Australia to arrange for an inspection of the car. Affected VINs can be found here.
Audi also requires 2015-2016 A4 and A5 (B8) 3.0 TFSI models, manufactured between September 2013 and April 2018, fitted with EA837 Evo engines to visit a dealer as fuel may escape from one or both fuel rails.
Leaking fuel, even in small amounts, can lead to fumes infiltrating the vehicle and/or being ignited leading to fire and an increased risk of accident and injury to occupants and other road users.
Audi Australia will also be contacting known owners of the affected vehicles to request an appointment be made to have the vehicle inspected and repaired if necessary with a list of affected VINs found here.
A number of 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV vehicles sold between September 19, 2013, and November 30, 2015, have been recalled due to a potential issue with an airflow sensor.
It appears the airflow sensor located within the petrol engine may fail which will decrease the vehicle performance and cause the EV system warning lamp to illuminate. As a result of this activation, the petrol engine may stop which prevents the main battery from charging meaning the vehicle cannot be driven, which leads to an increased risk of accident and injury to the occupant and other road users.
Affected owners can expect to be contacted via mail and advised to make an appointment to have their vehicle inspected and repaired free of charge if necessary. Affected vehicle VINs can be found here.
2017-2019 Porsche Panamera (971) vehicles will need to visit a dealership due to a potential issue with the car’s software.
Like last week, it appears the red brake wear warning light is not being illuminated continuously when the brake pads are worn out and instead the clearable yellow warning message is being shown in the multi-functional display which can be dismissed.
Vehicles with worn out brake pads that are continually used have a high risk of being involved in an accident that could result in injury or death for occupants and other road users.
Porsche will contact known affected owners by mail and advise that the vehicle be booked in for an inspection and repair where the software can be reprogrammed with an updated version. VINs of affected vehicles can be found here also.
A significant number of 2018-2019 Jaguar XE, XF, F-TYPE, F-PACE and E-PACE models fitted with 2.0L petrol engines sold between November 9, 2016 and July 5, 2018, will need to visit a dealer as it was found during testing that there was a greater than expected variation in CO2 emissions between vehicles, meaning some vehicles may not meet the required emissions standards.
Jaguar will be contacting known affected owners by mail to advise that the vehicle needs to visit an authorised repairer for a software update. A list of VINs affected by this recall can be found here.
Owners of 2017-2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio vehicles who purchased their vehicle between November 1, 2016, and March 4, 2019, may need to visit a dealer due to an issue with the Adaptive Cruise Control.
In some very specific driving conditions, the Active Cruise Control may not be able to be cancelled causing unexpected acceleration of the vehicle which could result in an accident and injury to occupants and other road users.
FCA Australia will be contacting known affected vehicle owners to have them book their vehicle in to have a free software update installed. VINs of affected vehicles can also be found here.
Finally this week, the epic recaller Mercedes-Benz has two recall notices issued with the first for 2018-2019 C, E and S-Class vehicles sold between August 1, 2018, and January 21, 2019, which may have an issue with seat belts.
Affected vehicles have an issue with mistakenly detecting a correctly engaged seat belt as not engaged. This activates a warning tone and warning symbol in the instrument cluster and may lead to the PRE-SAFE function not engaging.
Affected VINs can be found here with Mercedes-Benz set to contact known affected owners to organise a free repair.
A separate recall for nine 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vehicles suffering the same condition as above which were sold between September 19, 2018, and October 31, 2018, has also been issued with the same rectification procedure to take place as already stated. Affected VINs of these nine vehicles can be found here.
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