Vehicle recall notices this week come from Volvo, Mazda, Toyota and Suzuki for a variety of safety issues.
The first recall notice covers 2014-2017 Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V40, V40CC and S90 fitted with a four-cylinder diesel engine D4204T14 (engine code A8) or D4204T5 (engine code 73) (VINs found here and here).
In both cases, the issue relates to the engine valve which may leak and cause the intake manifold to melt or deform. This may cause unusual engine operation, activation of the engine malfunction light, engine interruption or lack of power, or the possibility of a localised engine bay fire.
Volvo will contact known affected owners by mail to advise that an appointment needs to be made with a dealer for an inspection and repair if necessary.
2019 Mazda 3 vehicles have been recalled (VINs found here). The smart brake support (SBS) system may incorrectly detect an object in front of the vehicle and apply the automatic brake function causing the vehicle to unexpectedly slow and stop.
Mazda will contact known affected owners to arrange for their vehicle to be presented at their preferred dealer for a free reprogramming of the SBS control module.
A number of 2019 Mazda 3 vehicles (VINs found here) were also recalled due to a software programming fault which may prevent the engine from being restarted after entering idle stop mode until the vehicle is restarted with the start/stop button.
Known affected owners will also be contacted by Mazda to arrange for a free reprogramming of the powertrain control module at their preferred dealer.
The final recall for the week is in relation to the following vehicles fitted with driver's airbag containing a NADI 5-AT inflator:
1996-1999 Mazda Eunos 800 models (VINs found here)
1997-1999 Toyota Celica (ST204) (VINs found here)
1997-1999 Toyota Paseo (EL54) (VINs found here)
1997-1999 Toyota RAV4 (3- and 5-door) (VINs found here)
1997-1999 Toyota Starlet (3- and 5-door) (VINs found here)
1998-1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara SQ625 2.5L V6 (VINs found here)
In all cases, owners are advised to stop driving the vehicle immediately. The airbag inflators in these vehicles could allow moisture to enter the unit and degrade the airbag propellant which would change the properties of the propellant so that it may not react as intended or misdeploy the airbag.
Mazda, Toyota and Suzuki advise that an urgent inspection of the vehicles needs to be organised with a dealer. If the inspection finds that the vehicle contains the affected type of airbag and the vehicle is legally registered to be driven in Australia at the time of the recall, the manufacturer will offer to buy back the vehicle as there is no replacement airbag available due to the age of the car.
Alternative transport arrangements during the buyback can be arranged with each manufacturer.
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