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2011-15 Volkswagen Passat (B7) added to Takata recall

Volkswagen has kicked off the Takata recall campaign for its B7 Passat, focusing on cars in the hottest and most humid parts of Australia. As with all cars included in the Takata recall, a combination of heat and humidity can make the airbag propellant degrade over time...

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2013/14 Volkswagen Up! added to Takata recall
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2013/14 Volkswagen Up! added to Takata recall

The 2013/14 Volkswagen Up! has joined the long (and ever-growing) list of cars caught in the mandatory Takata airbag recall, with 2295 micro cars called back for fresh inflators. As with all Takata recalls, affected vehicles are fitted with airbag inflator propellant that can degrade when exposed to heat and humidity...


Ford recalls 1.48 million F-150 trucks in the US
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Ford recalls 1.48 million F-150 trucks in the US

Ford Motor Company has made three separate safety recalls in North America, the largest being 1.48 million F-150 pick-up trucks for potentially faulty transmissions. The manufacturer says F-150 models fitted with the six-speed automatic transmission from 2011-13 may experience an "intermittent loss of the transmission output speed sensor signal to the powertrain control module, potentially resulting in a temporary, unintended downshift into first gear"...


Takata airbag recall: NSW joins other states in registration ban
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Takata airbag recall: NSW joins other states in registration ban

NSW has joined other states in banning the registration renewal of cars equipped with faulty Takata airbags – which can spray shrapnel with deadly force when deployed in a crash. The NSW Government today amended regulations to enable authorities to cancel registrations and/or ban the registration renewal of vehicles subject to a compulsory recall...


BMW initiates Takata recall for 2000-03 5 Series, X5
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BMW initiates Takata recall for 2000-03 5 Series, X5

BMW Australia has issued a recall notice for the 2000-2003 model-year 5 Series and X5 as part of the ongoing Takata airbag recall. The Bavarian marque reports 'some' of the 3391 affected units may have received an affected Takata inflator as part of a "steering wheel conversion during the life of the vehicle"...


2018-19 Range Rover, Range Rover Sport recalled
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2018-19 Range Rover, Range Rover Sport recalled

Jaguar Land Rover has recalled the 2018-2019 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, over concerns about an issue with the indicators. According to the company, the indicators may fail to work when the driver activates them using the column stalk. There are no visible audible warnings when the fault occurs, except perhaps the honks and sighs of exasperation from other road users...


Fiat Chrysler recalls 880,000 trucks in North America
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Fiat Chrysler recalls 880,000 trucks in North America

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has recalled 573,876 Ram 2500/3500 trucks and 193,813 Ram 1500 pickups in North America, with major safety issues driving both campaigns. The former (and larger) recall pertains to a potential issue with the steering linkage, with FCA saying an "investigation discovered a specific steering-linkage configuration on certain vehicles may separate over time", creating a risk of steering loss...


2018-19 Volvo XC60 recalled
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2018-19 Volvo XC60 recalled

Volvo Car Australia has issued a recall for the 2018 and 2019 model-year XC60 SUV over concerns the optional power tailgate mightn't operate as intended in cold weather conditions. The manufacturer reports the tailgate lifting arms may freeze "under certain conditions in cold climates", which could also lead to an unusual noise, loss of function, or even the complete separation of the tailgate lifting arms...


FCAI: 6 million vehicle checks made on Takata lookup tool
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FCAI: 6 million vehicle checks made on Takata lookup tool

Australia's Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has announced an average of 32,000 vehicles have been checked a day on its Takata recall lookup website, six months since it was launched. Tony Weber, chief executive for the FCAI said: "This is an excellent response to a major public safety campaign. We passed the six million inquiry mark at the weekend"...


2015-19 Mazda MX-5 recalled
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2015-19 Mazda MX-5 recalled

Mazda Australia has issued a recall for the 2015-19 model-year MX-5 sports car, over concerns auto-equipped examples could have faulty transmission software. The company reports affected vehicles may have Transmission Control Modules (TCM) that could incorrectly interpret the electrical signal from the gear selector...


2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class recalled
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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class recalled

Mercedes-Benz has recalled the 2018 C-Class, over concerns about the car's ESP software. According to the company, the car's ESP software might not meet specifications. In some situations, the brake lights might stay switched on and an error message will be displayed on the instrument cluster...


2015-18 Volkswagen Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace recalled
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2015-18 Volkswagen Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace recalled

Volkswagen has recalled the 2015-2018 Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace, over concerns about an issue with the LED module for the sunroof backlight. According to the company, heating of the module could cause a short-circuit because of 'humidity ingress' into the LED module. If the problem occurs, the backlight may stop working, and passengers might notice a burning smell in the cabin...


2016 BMW M3, M4, M4 Convertible recalled
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2016 BMW M3, M4, M4 Convertible recalled

BMW has recalled a handful of 2016 M3 and M4 models, over concerns about a three-hole flange within the car's driveshaft. According to the company, the car's carbon-fibre driveshaft contains a three-hole flange and a pushing piece which isn't produced with 'sufficient long-term durability'. That means the 'pushing piece' could be pulled out of the driveshaft...


2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter recalled
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2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter recalled

Mercedes-Benz has recalled the 2018 Sprinter, over concerns about the electronic door locks. According to the company, the electronic door locks could have been installed with an incorrect operating lever. As a result, the front driver's hinged door, load compartment sliding door and rear-right door could be impossible to open from the inside or outside...


2018 Mercedes-Benz B-Class, CLA recalled
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2018 Mercedes-Benz B-Class, CLA recalled

Mercedes-Benz has recalled the 2018 B-Class and CLA over concerns about an issue with the automatic occupant detection system in the front passenger seat. If a child seat is installed facing backwards in the passenger seat, it's possible the airbag might not automatically turn off...


Toyota HiLux and Fortuner Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) fix begins
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Toyota HiLux and Fortuner Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) fix begins

Toyota Australia has started issuing a 'Customer Service Exercise Notification' for the Toyota HiLux and Fortuner fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and the 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. Due to it not being a customer safety issue, this isn't classed as a 'recall' and is instead simply a notice calling for customers to visit their dealers for a fix...


Takata: Car companies call for rego ban on 1.3 million vehicles with faulty airbags
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Takata: Car companies call for rego ban on 1.3 million vehicles with faulty airbags

Car companies are calling for registration bans to be expanded to include the remaining 1.3 million vehicles equipped with dodgy Takata airbags – in addition to 12,000 currently under a compulsory recall – because tens of thousands of customers are refusing to have them fixed...


2018 Bentley Continental GT recalled
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2018 Bentley Continental GT recalled

Bentley has recalled the 2018 Continental GT, over concerns about an issue with its electric power steering unit. According to the company, a software fault could make drivers lost power assistance momentarily, forcing them to apply extra force to the steering wheel. Should the power assistance stop at an inopportune moment, both the driver and other road users are at increased risk of an accident...


2014 Lexus IS250C, IS F added to Takata recall
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2014 Lexus IS250C, IS F added to Takata recall

Lexus has added the 2014 IS250C and IS F to the Takata recall list, expanding on a campaign initially launched in January 2018. As with all Takata-related recall notices, a combination of heat and humidity can make the airbag propellant degrade. If a car fitted with a faulty inflator is involved in an accident where the airbag is triggered, metal fragments may shoot into the cabin, putting vehicle occupants at risk of serious injury or fatality...


2014-16 Toyota Rukus, Yaris Sedan added to Takata recall
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2014-16 Toyota Rukus, Yaris Sedan added to Takata recall

Toyota has added the 2014-2016 Rukus and Yaris Sedan to the ever-expanding Takata recall. As with all other Takata-related recalls, the inflators in affected vehicles can degrade due to a combination of heat and humidity. If a vehicle with an affected inflator is included in an accident, the inflator's metal housing can rupture, sending metal fragments shooting into the cabin...