Vehicle recall notices this week have come from Toyota, Mazda, Infiniti and Fiat for various safety issues.
The first recall notice comes for 2020 Toyota Yaris Cross vehicles (VINs found here) due to the potential for a sharp edge in the rear centre seatbelt bracket to damage the seatbelt webbing during a collision.
In the event of an accident, the seat belt webbing may be compromised and fail to adequately restraint the seat occupant.
Until the seat belt anchor has been repaired, Toyota is advising that the rear centre seat not be occupied by a passenger. Affected owners can expect to be contacted in writing to advise of the recall and will need to book an appointment with a dealer to have the situation rectified, free of charge.
This week also saw a recall notice issued for 2020 Mazda BT-50 utes (VINs found here) that may have an issue where the rear seat belt pretensioner connector lock was not correctly installed during vehicle assembly.
The issue may prevent the component from tensioning properly and, in the event of an accident, the pretensioner wiring harness may incorrectly lock therefore preventing full tensioning of the seatbelt.
Mazda will contact known owners when parts become available which is expected to be in April 2021.
A small number of 2012-2015 Infiniti Q70 vehicles have been recalled (VINs found here) as a result of improper material and dimension that could see the fatigue strength of the propeller shaft be lower than expected.
This may also lead to the propeller shaft cracking and detaching which will cause the vehicle to stop without warning if being driven.
Replacement parts are not expected to be available until the beginning of March 2021, at which time Infiniti will contact known owners in writing advising them to make an appointment to undertake the repair.
The final recall notice this week comes for 2019 Fiat Ducato vans (VINs found here) which may have been fitted with incorrect steering knuckles during production.
This may result in clunking noises coming from the suspension, excessive vibration, shaking of the steering wheel, uneven tyre wear and/or the vehicle pulling to one side.
Affected owners should contact their preferred dealer to organise to have their vehicle inspected and repaired if necessary.
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