Various vehicle recall notices have been issued this week from Ford, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Kia for a variety of defects.
The first recall is in relation to 1999-2000 Ford Courier vehicles which were produced from November 1998 to March 2000 (VINs found here), which may be fitted with faulty Takata airbags.
Due to the age of the vehicles, if one is identified as containing the affected type of airbag inflator, Ford Australia will offer to buy back vehicles registered for road use from the owner at current market value due to there being no replacement inflators available.
Also recalled this week were 2019 Mercedes-Benz V-Class vehicles (VINs found here) which may have a defect with the plastic flap on top of the airbag. The flap may tear off during the activation of the airbag which could allow it to be propelled into the cabin increasing the risk of an injury occurring to vehicle occupants.
Affected owners are expected to contact their preferred Mercedes-Benz dealer to arrange for a free repair.
A large number of 2013-2019 BMW X6 and X6 M vehicles have been recalled (VINs found here) due to an issue with the ISOFIX mounting points. It appears that when using child seats with the mounting points and additional support on the vehicle floor, it can lead to fatigue fractures of the ISOFIX retaining brackets which may cause the Isofix brackets to crack around the welded point in the vehicle.
Replacement parts are not yet available to rectify the issue and are not expected to be available until the end of February 2020. It is advised that child restraints not be used in affected vehicles until they are fixed. BMW will be contacting known affected owners.
The final recall notice this week is for 2020 Kia Sorento (UM) vehicles (VINs found here) which may be affected with an error in the frontal collision-avoidance assist (FCA) software.
The error may allow the braking assist function to fail as the vehicle approaches a stationary vehicle or pedestrian increasing the risk of an accident and injury occurring.
Known affected owners can expect to be contacted by mail and advised that an inspection and repair needs to be carried out at a dealer.
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