This week in the world of recalls has been relatively quiet with only Mercedes-Benz and Alfa Romeo requiring vehicles to be returned to the dealer.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 213 and 238 series vehicles with the OM654 engine sold between May 2, 2016, and December 29, 2017, need to be inspected due to a potential issue with the diesel fuel line being incorrectly routed which can cause chafing.
If chafing occurs the fuel line may leak diesel causing the vehicle to stop unexpectedly which increases the risk of an accident.
Mercedes-Benz is offering a free inspection and replacement if required with owners of affected vehicles required to contact their nearest dealership. A list of affected VINs can also be found here.
Mercedes-Benz has also recalled E-Class cabrio and coupe models sold between May 1, 2009, and September 19, 2011, as it is their turn to have their dangerous Takata airbag replaced.
270 vehicles are included in this recall (VINs found here) with the danger of the airbag inflator propellant degrading increasing as the vehicle ages as well as when exposed to high temperatures and humidity. This can cause the airbag inflator to rupture as metal fragments are propelled outwards through the airbag cushion towards vehicle occupants potentially causing serious injury or death.
Owners of affected vehicles are urged to contact their local Mercedes-Benz dealership to arrange for a free replacement airbag inflator to be fitted.
The second and final manufacturer with a recall this week is Alfa Romeo, the Italian brand requires a number of 2018 Stelvio vehicles, or more specifically the supplied vehicle jack, to visit the dealer.
It appears the jack supplied with the vehicle may not comply with the mandatory standard ‘Trade Practices Act 1974 Consumer Protection Notice No. 1 of 2010 Consumer Product Safety Standard for Vehicle Jacks’ with some important information missing from the labels.
If the jack is mislabelled important safety information may be missing potentially causing misuse which could lead to instability or failure.
Affected owners should contact their nearest Alfa Romeo dealer for a free inspection of their jack and a replacement label if necessary. The list of affected VINs can be found here.
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