Vehicle recall notices have been issued this week from Honda, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Renault and Subaru.
Kicking off the week were two recall notices for the following vehicles in relation to the faulty Takata airbags which must be replaced as soon as possible:
2008-2019 Honda Accord (VINs found here)
2006-2011 Honda Civic (VINs found here)
2002, 2005-2007 Honda Accord (CRITICAL RECALL) (VINs found here)
2006-2011 Honda Civic (CRITICAL RECALL) (VINs found here)
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 Audi A6 (C8) and A7 (F2) vehicles which were manufactured between June 2018 and July 2019 have been recalled (VINs found here) due to an issue which has found that passenger airbags may not meet the applicable standard.
The affected airbags are not meeting the standard to the balance of the trigger times between the belt tensioner and airbag activation which can increase the risk of injury to vehicle occupants.
Audi will be contacting all known affected owners to have them arrange an inspection and repair with their preferred Audi dealer.
Mercedes-Benz has recalled 2018-2019 VS30 Sprinter Vans (VINs found here) which may have the threaded connection of the upper hood catch tensioned incorrectly.
This may allow the hood to open whilst driving increasing the risk of an accident or injury occurring to vehicle occupants and other road users.
Nine 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vehicles have also been recalled (VINs found here) due to the tie rod possibly being incorrectly mounted to the right front axle stub during assembly which could detach making the vehicle difficult to control and increasing the risk of an accident and injury occurring.
In both cases Mercedes-Benz expects affected owners to contact their preferred dealer for a free repair.
Renault has issued three recalls this week for the Alpine 110:
Firstly, Alpine 110 vehicles equipped with sports exhaust (VINs found here) have been recalled due to exhaust valve wiring may not be adequately mounted under the vehicle, and may come into contact with the exhaust. The wiring may melt the duct and then melt the wiring, which may short-circuit the exhaust flap wiring causing the vehicle to switch to limp home mode, be unable to start or cease operating while driving.
Secondly, Alpine 110 vehicles equipped with sports exhaust (VINs found here) need to be checked due to the oil pressure solenoid programming being noncompliant resulting in decreased oil pressure leading to engine failure, heavier steering, loss of auxiliaries and/or increased braking effort required.
Finally, Alpine 110 vehicles (VINs found here) have been recalled due to the front trunk lid lock screws potentially not being tightened to the required specification leading to difficulty closing the front trunk lid, noise and/or the front trunk lid opening whilst being driven.
In all cases, Renault will contact known affected owners in writing to advise that an appointment needs to be made with a preferred dealer for an inspection and repair of any and all issues.
The final recall notice this week covers 2017 Subaru Impreza and 2018-2019 Subaru XV vehicles (VINs found here) due to improper Engine Control Module (ECM) programming which may see the ignition coil overheat and create a short circuit or blow the fuse which will cause the engine to stop whilst being driven and not restart.
Owners of affected vehicles can expect to be contacted by Subaru to advise that an appointment needs to be made with a preferred dealer for a free inspection and repair.
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