Recall notices this week have come from a variety of manufactures addressing an assortment of issues from tip to tail and everything in between.
It appears two things are necessary for a weekly recall wrap to be complete – a recall from Mercedes-Benz and a Takata airbag inflator recall – and we have both.
Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for 1096 A-Class A200 models sold between July 1, 2018, and August 31, 2018, which may have an issue with the headlights.
It has been determined that the Adaptive High Beam Assist may not be functioning correctly by remaining permanently in high beam or not automatically dimming. This issue could potentially dazzle other road users and pose an increased risk of an accident.
Owners can check if their vehicle is affected by the recall using their VIN here. They can also contact their preferred Mercedes-Benz dealership for a free software upgrade.
Not one, not two but three manufacturers have issued recalls this week due to faulty Takata airbag inflators.
Ferrari wants owners of MY14 California, MY15 California T, MY14 and MY15 458 Spider, MY14 and MY15 F12 Berlinetta, MY14 and MY15 458 Speciale, MY14 and MY15 FF, MY14 and MY15 458 Italia and MY488 GTB vehicles sold between September 2, 2013, and August 26, 2015, to contact their local Ferrari dealership or Ferrari Australasia (1800 234 392) to arrange for a free replacement airbag inflator. Affected VINs can be found here.
Likewise, 4806 Land Rover Discovery Sport vehicles sold between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2016, are recalled for the same issue. Affected VINs can be found here. Owners are also urged to contact their local dealership for a free replacement airbag inflator.
Also recalled for Takata airbag issues were the McLaren P11 Coupe, Spider, Coupe-S, Spider-S, Coupe-R and Spider-R as well as McLaren P13 Coupe-C, Coupe-S, GT and Spider-S vehicles sold between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2018.
McLaren will be contacting known owners of affected vehicles or owners can contact McLaren to arrange for their free replacement airbag inflator to be fitted. The list of affected VINs can be found here.
As with all faulty Takata airbags, as time passes they become increasingly more dangerous as the propellant used to inflate the airbag degrades. High temperature and humidity can also hasten the degradation process. In the event of an accident, metal fragments may be projected from the inflator housing and potentially cause serious injury or fatality.
A website has been established where concerned owners can use their VIN to check if their vehicle is afflicted with a faulty Takata airbag inflator. It is strongly recommended that action be taken sooner rather than later if a vehicle is equipped with the offending Takata airbag.
Two recalls have been issued by Ram to round out the week. Firstly MY15-17 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 vehicles sold between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2017, may have a defective tailgate latch which could potentially disconnect when being driven.
Should the latch disconnect any contents in the back could fall from the vehicle and create a road hazard for other vehicles. Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail or affected VINs can be found here.
Ram is also recalling MY15-18 2500 and 3500 vehicles due to potentially defective software which could interfere with the steering wheel response which causes the wheel to turn in the wrong direction, an accident could result.
Again, known owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by mail or a list of affected VINs can be found here. Vehicles will need to be taken to the nearest Ram dealership for inspection and rectification.
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