Six vehicle recalls have been issued this week, four of which are from Mercedes-Benz with Volkswagen and BMW also requiring vehicles to visit a dealership, surprisingly though none are related to the Takata saga.
Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for MY18 B-Class and CLA vehicles sold between March 1, 2018, and May 2, 2018, due to an issue with the automatic occupant detection system.
In affected vehicles, the front seat passenger may not be correctly identified if a child seat is installed facing the rear in the passenger seat position which could allow the front passenger airbag to be triggered in the event of an accident increasing the risk of injury to a child in the child seat.
A list of affected VINs can be found here with customers urged to contact their preferred Mercedes-Benz dealership for a free repair if necessary.
Also recalled were MY18 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans 907/910 series (VINs here) sold between August 1, 2018, and November 30, 2018, as well as MY18 906 Sprinter Vans (VINs here) sold between August 1, 2018, and December 19, 2018.
Both recalls are in relation to a fault with the electronically unlocking door locks which may have been incorrectly installed. This can lead to the front driver door, load compartment sliding door and right rear-end door being unable to be opened. This could lead to an increased risk of injury and loss of emergency escape route in the event of an accident.
The fourth recall from Mercedes-Benz this week is for MY18 C-Class vehicles sold between May 1, 2018, and November 30, 2018, which may have an issue with the ESP software.
It appears the brake lights may become permanently activated with a warning message about the brake light malfunction displayed in the instrument cluster. This may cause the ESP function to be deactivated and the parking brake would not be able to be moved.
The loss of the parking brake function could enable the vehicle to move when occupants leave the vehicle and the ESP function would not be available, both of which could increase the risk of accident or injury to other road users and occupants.
Mercedes-Benz requires affected customers (VINs found here) to contact their preferred dealership to arrange for a free inspection and repair if necessary.
Also recalled this week were a number of 2015-2018 Volkswagen Tiguan AD and 2015-2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace BW vehicles due to an issue with the LED module.
Affected vehicles may have heating in the LED module for the sunroof background lighting causing a short circuit due to humidity. This can result in a failure of the background lighting as well as scorching or burning smell with extreme cases resulting in a vehicle fire.
Volkswagen Australia will be contacting known owners of affected vehicles or concerned owners can contact their nearest dealership to arrange for a free inspection and repair. Affected VINs can be found here.
Finally this week BMW has recalled MY16 F80 3 Series – F30 M3 Sedan, MY16 F82 4 Series – F32 M4 Coupe and MY16 F83 4 Series – F83 M4 Convertible vehicles due to an issue with the CFK drive shaft component.
The problem stems from a 3-hole-flange with pushing piece which was not produced with sufficient long-term durability causing the pushing piece to be pulled out of the 3-hole-flange over time.
If the pushing piece comes free of the 3-hole-flange, drive torque may not be transmitted to the rear wheels causing a loss of drive which could lead to an accident and/or injury to the vehicle occupants or other road users.
BMW will be contacting known affected owners or concerned owners can contact their nearest BMW dealer. A list of affected VINs can be found here.
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