Last week, recall notices were issued by Porsche, Toyota, Audi, Volkswagen and Nissan for a variety of safety concerns.
First cab off the rank is a recall notice for 2014-2020 Porsche Panamera (971) and 2018-2020 Porsche Cayenne (9YA/9YB) vehicles (VINs found here) which may have a defect with the ‘brake pad worn’ warning message.
In affected vehicles, the warning message may not be permanently displayed thus not alerting the driver that the brake pads have worn out. This may lead to an increased risk of an accident.
Owners can expect to be contacted by mail to advise that their vehicle needs to be booked in at a preferred Porsche dealer for reprogramming of the instrument cluster software with updated software.
A vehicle recall notice has also been issued this week for 2017-2019 Toyota Coaster XZB70 vehicles (VINs found here) as frequent use of the hazard lamps may cause the fuse to blow rendering the hazard and turn signal lamps inoperable. This, of course, may increase the risk of an accident or injury occurring due to other vehicles being unaware of the driver’s intentions to turn.
Toyota will contact known owners in writing requesting that an appointment be made with a preferred Toyota dealer for a free repair of the vehicle.
A large number of 2017-2020 Audi Q5 (FY) vehicles have been recalled (VINs found here) due to incorrectly fastened wheel arch covers which could come loose over time and detach from the vehicle causing a road hazard.
Audi will be contacting owners to advise that the securing clips on both rear wheel arch covers need to be replaced with improved parts which can take place at a dealer.
Also recalled this week were 2015-2016 Volkswagen Tiguan and 2015 Passat CC vehicles (VINs found here) due to a potentially faulty condenser being fitted inside the airbag control unit.
A faulty condenser may result in airbag deactivation or inadvertent activation of the airbag and seatbelt pretensioners which could increase the risk of an accident or injury to vehicle occupants and other road users. Volkswagen will contact known affected owners to arrange a free repair.
Finally this week Nissan has extended a previous recall notice to include 2017-2018 R52 Pathfinder V6 vehicles (VINs found here) as well as some previously recalled vehicles which may have been manufactured with an anti-lock braking system actuator with an oil seal that may leak brake fluid internally.
An ABS warning lamp will illuminate if the issue is detected and may cause an electrical short in the actuator circuit if the vehicle continues to be operated which could lead to a fire.
Unfortunately, replacement parts will not be available until mid-2020. Once replacement parts are available affected customers will be contacted by Nissan to arrange for a free replacement of the ABS actuator.
Until the recall is commenced, consumers of affected vehicles are advised that if they see the ABS warning light continuously illuminated (10 seconds or longer), they should park their vehicle outside and contact Nissan Roadside Assistance.
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