Four manufacturers – Audi, Fiat, Mazda and Ferrari – have issued recall notices this week for a range of vehicle defects.
A number of brand new 2019 Audi Q5 (FY) models manufactured between July 2018 and March 2019 have been recalled due to an issue with the wall thickness of the brake master cylinder not meeting specifications.
An incorrect wall thickness could lead to the master brake cylinder developing a leak and potentially failing which in turn could lead to the hydraulic brake system failing. This could lead to an increased risk of an accident occurring.
Audi Australia will be making contact with known owners to arrange an appointment with their preferred Audi dealer for a vehicle inspection and repair if necessary. A list of affected VINs can be found here.
MY2018 Fiat Ducato 2.3JTD E6 vans sold between May 31, 2018, and April 11, 2019, are currently being recalled due to a potential issue with the throttle body.
In some vans, the intercooler sleeve may detach and cause the engine malfunction indicator to illuminate whilst a loss of engine power will be experienced.
Fiat is requesting owners book their vehicle in to have the existing intercooler sleeve and clamps replaced, a list of affected VINs can be found here.
Also recalled this week are 2015-2017 Mazda 3 BM and BN vehicles which were sold between July 20, 2015, and July 11, 2017, due to an issue with the windscreen wipers.
It appears that in some vehicles the front wipers may not operate due to a defective relay within the Front Body Control Module (F-BCM).
Mazda Australia will be attempting to contact known owners as parts become available to repair the defect. Affected VINs can be found here.
Finally this week a list of Ferrari vehicles have been recalled due to the Takata airbag curse. Models include:
2016-2017 California T
2016 458 Speciale
2016 458 Speciale Aperta
2016-2018 488 GTB
2016-2018 488 Spider
2016-2017 F12 Berlinetta
2016 FF
2016-2017 F12 tdf
2017-2018 GTC4Lusso
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.
Owners of affected vehicles (VINs found here) should contact their preferred Ferrari dealership or Ferrari Australasia direct on 1800 234 392 (24 hours, Monday to Sunday (AEST) to arrange for a replacement airbag inflator to be fitted free of charge.
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