Safety recall notices this week come from Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Bentley and Toyota for various issues.
Kicking off the wrap this week is a recall for 2020 Porsche Cayenne (9YA) and Cayenne Coupe (9YB) vehicles (VINs found here) that may have an issue with the transmission oil pipe.
Welded joints on the pipe may be compromised and allow transmission fluid to leak due to a production issue. Leaking oil could increase the risk of an accident occurring.
Porsche will send a letter to known owners advising of the recall notice and that an appointment for a free repair needs to be arranged. Owners who notice a leak coming from their vehicle should park it safely and immediately contact their nearest Porsche Centre.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE300d vehicles (VINs found here) have been recalled due to an issue that may see the wiring harness for the right seat of the second row become damaged if the seat is moved along the guide rail.
This problem may also affect the deployment of the rear side airbag in the event of an accident as well as prevent a warning to the driver if the seat occupant has not fastened their seat belt.
Affected owners are expected to contact their preferred Mercedes-Benz dealer to arrange a free inspection and repair of their vehicle.
A small number of 2020 Audi A4, A5, A6 and A7 vehicles (VINs found here) fitted with the 2.0-litre TFSI engine and mild hybrid system have been recalled due to the potential for moisture to enter the start-alternator which could cause the component to overheat. If the starter-alternator overheats it could result in a vehicle fire.
Owners that notice a smouldering smell whilst their vehicle is moving should park their vehicle safely outside as soon as possible and contact their preferred Audi dealer. Affected owners should also avoid parking undercover and washing the engine until their vehicle has been inspected and the component replaced.
Audi will contact known owners to arrange for an inspection and repair of affected vehicles.
In a recall similar to last week’s Porsche recall, several 2018-2020 Bentley Bentayga V8 vehicles (VINs found here) have been recalled due to a weak ‘quick connector’ component on the fuel supply line that may allow fuel to leak at very high engine compartment temperatures. The leaked fuel may ignite in the presence of an ignition source.
A letter advising of the recall notice will be sent to known affected owners. Parts are not expected to be available before the end of July 2020 though owners can book their vehicle for a free repair now.
If the scent of fuel is detected coming from the vehicle it should immediately be parked in a safe location and the nearest Bentley dealership contacted.
The final recall notice issued this week concerns 1997-1999 Toyota Celica (ST204), Paseo (EL54), RAV4 (SXA10 3 Door and SXA11 5 Door), and Starlet (EP91 3- and 5-door) vehicles (all VINs found here) which may be fitted with a faulty Takata airbag inflator.
These vehicles are potentially fitted with a Takata airbag inflator that may contain a propellant that can degrade over time creating a potentially deadly hazard. The propellant may degrade when exposed to moisture causing the airbag to misdeploy, deploy slower than required or not deploy in the event of an accident.
Owners of affected vehicles should stop driving their vehicle immediately and contact their preferred Toyota dealer for a free urgent vehicle inspection. Vehicles with an affected airbag inflator will have their airbag replaced for free.
If the vehicle is registered for road use, Toyota Australia will provide a loan vehicle until the replacement airbag inflators are available. If the vehicle is not registered for road use the airbag inflator will be replaced from October 2020.
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