A range of manufacturers have recalled vehicles this week with Mazda, Volvo, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Mitsubishi seeking to rectify problems.
Mazda has recalled a number of 2015-2019 MX-5 (ND) automatic vehicles sold between July 20, 2015, and January 31, 2019, due to an issue with the Transmission Control Module (TCM).
Incorrect interpretation of an electrical signal from the gear selector lever by the TCM may cause the automatic transmission to downshift unexpectedly causing an abrupt wheel speed reduction. This can affect the stability of the vehicle resulting in an increased risk of causing an accident or injury to occupants and other road users.
Known owners of affected vehicles (VINs found here) can expect to be contacted by Mazda Australia and will need to take their vehicle to their preferred dealer who will reprogram the TCM with revised software.
MY2018 and 2019 Volvo XC60 models fitted with a power-operated tailgate sold between September 1, 2017, and February 5, 2019, will need to visit a dealership due to an issue with the tailgate lifting arms.
In certain conditions, particularly in cold climates, the tailgate arms may freeze and cause an unusual noise, loss of function or the tailgate lifting arms can separate completely from the vehicle. This can cause the internal spring to detach and propel rearward with significant force which has the potential to cause damage and injury.
A list of affected vehicles can be found here with owners expected to contact their Volvo dealer to arrange to have the power operated tailgate lifting arms replaced.
Land Rover has recalled MY2018-2019 Range Rover and MY2018-2019 Range Rover Sport vehicles sold between November 10, 2017, and December 18, 2018, due to a fault with the indicators.
Under certain conditions, the directional indicator lamps may not work when activated by the steering column mounted indicator controls. There is also no visual or audible warning to alert the driver to the fault. Failure of the directional indicator lamps to operate correctly could increase the risk of accident and injury to occupants and other road users.
Land Rover will contact known affected owners to arrange a free vehicle repair. A list of affected vehicles can be found here using the VIN.
A number of vehicles have also been recalled in relation to faulty Takata airbag inflators. These include:
2006-2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 906 Series ES Edition (VINs found here) Driver airbag.
2006-2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 906 Series ES Edition (VINs found here) Passenger airbag.
2016-2017 Mitsubishi Delica and Lancer (VINs found here)
As with all Takata airbag recalls the sooner the airbags are replaced the better as the propellant used to inflate the airbag degrades with age, exposure to high temperatures and humidity which increases the risk of metal fragments being projected through the airbag cushion towards vehicle occupants from the metal inflator housing which could, and has, caused a fatalities.
Concerned vehicle owners can also use their number plate to check if their vehicle is affected by the Takata recalls here or contact their nearest dealership.
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