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A national recall of 10,217 Great Wall V200 diesel utes is one of a number of such campaigns announced by various brands over the past few days.

The Chinese ute-maker’s importer Ateco recalled the ute over a potential problem with the fuel filler neck, which is made of plastic and has been observed to crack near the top under certain circumstances — likely a result of people putting too much weight on it during filling.

There’s no safety or fire risk, though diesel vapour is escaping into the atmosphere. Ateco says it takes about 30 minutes to replace the filler with something tougher.

Ateco also recalled 265 of its Chinese-made LDV V80 vans over an identification label printed by a third-party Australian supplier that has been done incorrectly. The label omits the required inclusion of the vehicle manufacturer’s name, making it non-compliant.

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Yes, it’s a recall over a dodgy sticker. Naturally, it’s not an urgent fix, and no safety issue. In both cases, Ateco will contact affected owners.

Volkswagen today recalled 2708 model-year 2015 Polos because the pulley on the camshaft adjuster is at risk of breaking. If the camshaft adjuster fails the belt drive of the engine may also be damaged.

If the defect occurs, VW says, it can lead to oil loss and in the worst case scenario the engine will no longer be timed correctly and valves may contact the pistons. This may pose an accident hazard to the driver or other road users. Affected owners will be contacted.

Peugeot’s local importer Sime Darby has also recalled 487 new-generation T9 308s over the risk that the front suspension wishbone bolts may not be to the correct specification.

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If the bolts are not to the correct specification they may break. This may cause the wheels to tilt and reduce steering control, posing a potential hazard to the driver and other road users.

This is the same issue affecting the Citroen C4 Picasso and Grand Picasso, as reported this morning. Affected owners will be contacted.

There have been 17 different automotive recalls announced on the government’s Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website inside the past month.




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