Vehicle recall notices have been issued this week from Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Toyota and Renault.
A critical recall notice has come from Honda for the following vehicles (VINs found here) in relation to the Takata airbag disaster:
2009-2011 Honda City
2007-2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Honda Insight
2005-2013 Honda Jazz
These vehicles should not be driven and should be towed, which can be arranged by Honda, to the preferred dealer or have a mobile technician address the issue to have their airbag replaced as soon as possible due to the heightened risk.
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. They need to be replaced as soon as possible.
Owners who are unsure whether their vehicle needs an airbag replaced can visit the industry-supported website established to combat the Takata scandal. Replacement airbags can be arranged via the corresponding dealership free of charge.
A number of brand new 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, CLA and GLC vehicles have been recalled (VINs found here) due to an issue which may see the four lock nuts which fasten the airbag installed incorrectly, potentially allowing the airbag to detach from the base plate and enter the vehicle at high speed.
Mercedes-Benz requests owners to contact their preferred dealer for a free inspection and repair (if necessary).
The following Audi vehicles (VINs found here) have also been recalled due to a production fault which may allow a crack to develop over time in the transmissions pressure accumulator. This could lead to oil and pressure loss in the hydraulic gearbox system increasing the risk of an accident occurring:
2011-2016 Audi A1 (8X) with 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox
2008-2016 Audi A3 (8P, 8V) with 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox
2012-2016 Audi TT (8J) with 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox
Audi will be contacting known affected owners to advise of the recall and have them make contact with their preferred Audi dealer for a free inspection and repair.
Toyota has recalled the 2019 Tarago ACR50 and GSR50 (VINs found here) due to an issue which sees the gas struts which hold the back door open potentially being manufactured incorrectly allowing the gas charge to leak. If the gas leaks the strut may fail and potentially cause an injury.
Toyota will contact known affected owners by mail to request an appointment be made with a preferred dealer to have the issue rectified free of charge.
Finally this week Renault has issued two recall notices with the first for 2018 Trafic (VINs found here) which may contain a parking brake cable which has not been manufactured to the required specification causing the parking brake to fail and potentially cause an accident or injury.
The second recall is for 2018 Megane RS vehicles (VINs found here) which may have an issue with the oil pressure solenoid valve wiring not being manufactured to specification which could lead to engine failure including heavier steering, loss of auxiliaries and the need for increased braking effort.
In both cases, Renault will contact known affected owners in writing to advise of the notice and have them book their vehicle in with their preferred dealer for an inspection and correction free of charge.
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