April 2020 Vehicle Recalls
Toyota and Lexus recall for fuel pump.
Renault for faulty wipers, faulty exhaust system or parking brake assembly.
Mercedes Vito Vans for incorrect head restraints.
Volkswagen Golf, Jetta, Passat, Polo and Caddy auto transmission faults.
BMW M6 Gran Coupe for faulty brake light.
Please see Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for a full list of vehicles under recall. https://www.productsafety.gov.au/
If the fuel pump fails, the engine may not run smoothly, resulting in the engine stalling and being unable to restart. The failure will also be accompanied by warning lights and messages on the instrument panel. A pump failure may result in a loss of power while driving, increasing the risk of accident causing injury to occupants and other road users.
Renault has issued recalls for wiper issues, exhaust and parking brake faults. The wiper defect relates to linkage between the front windscreen wipers and motor which may fail.
If the linkage fails, front windscreen wipers may not operate as intended, resulting in obscured driver vision in rainy conditions and an increased risk of accident causing injury to occupants and other road users.
Renault faulty exhaust system – the case of the pipe cracking, drivers may experience stalling of the motor when driving, loss of engine braking assistance and the possibility of fuel leakage. This may increase the risk of accident and injury to occupants and other road users.
Renault Australia reports that if the parking brake fails, the vehicle may not remain stationary when parked, increasing risk of an accident resulting in injury of vehicle occupants, other road users and pedestrians.
Mercedes-Benz Australia recall relates to incorrect head restraints being fitted to the vehicle’s rear bench seat. Notches in the head restraint rods used for height adjustment are not adequately spaced, resulting in a reduced amount of height options and increased chance of an incorrect head restraint height being set.
Mercedes-Benz Australia reports that if an incorrect head restraint height is set, there is an increased risk of neck injury in the instance of an accident.
Volkswagen Australia has issued a recall Gold, Jetta, Passat, Polo and Caddy models affected by an issue with their seven-speed dual clutch automatic ‘DSG’ transmission.
Volkswagen Australia reports that the fluid loss can result in a loss of pressure within the transmission, reducing the vehicle’s drive functionality and increasing the risk of an accident that may cause serious injury to occupants or other road users.
BMW recall – the defect related to the third (high) brake light fitted to the roof at the rear of the vehicle may loosen or detach from its fixture. BMW Australia reports that if the brake light detaches it may cause an accident resulting in injury to road users.
SOURCE: CARADVICE.COM.AU Author – Liam Murphy, April 2020