The crucial steering component may be susceptible to cracking.
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Renault Australia has issued a recall of 409 of its model-year 2012 and 2013 Trafic II vans affected by a faulty steering component.

Affected vehicles were sold between 24 September 2012 to 4 November 2012, 10 December 2012 to 20 January 2013, 12 April 2013 to 26 May 2013 and 6 November 2013 to 15 December 2013.

Lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the defect relates to the steering wheel’s hub, which can crack or break under excessive loads.

Renault Australia reports that if the hub fails, drivers may lose control of their vehicle, potentially leading to a collision – risking injury to both occupants and bystanders, as well as possible property damage.

Renault Australia will contact owners of vehicles included in the recall. They will be asked to contact their nearest dealer to arrange inspection and repair of the faulty unit.

A full list of vehicle identification numbers of the 409 cars included in the recall can be found here. If you believe your vehicle might be affected, visit www.renault.com.au/dealers/locator .