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Road Vehicle Standards Act: New rules passed for imports, recalls

There are new rules for the motor vehicle industry in Australia, after Federal Parliament passed the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 last week as a replacement for the Motor Vehicle Standards Act of 1989...

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Takata: Driver killed was meant to have airbag replaced two days earlier
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Takata: Driver killed was meant to have airbag replaced two days earlier

The first driver killed by a faulty Takata airbag in Australia was meant to have his airbag replaced two days before the fatal accident, the court has been told. Huy Neng Ngo was killed in a "relatively minor collision" in Cabramatta on July 13, 2017, when a metal shard from the faulty Takata inflator in his 2007 Honda CR-V struck his neck...


Volkswagen to replace faulty vehicles within 60 days of purchase
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Volkswagen to replace faulty vehicles within 60 days of purchase

Volkswagen will replace vehicles that are un-drivable due to faults present within 60 days of purchase, as part of a new agreement with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The new plan, inventively dubbed the 60-day policy, means owners won't need to demonstrate a major fault to score a replacement, provided the car isn't driveable...


Takata: FCAI campaign pushes owners to get their airbags fixed
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Takata: FCAI campaign pushes owners to get their airbags fixed

Industry body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), is calling on drivers to check if their vehicle is fitted with a potentially deadly Takata airbag inflator with a new scare campaign. According to the body, more than 19,500 of the worst 'alpha' inflators are still out on Australian roads, while more than 1...


2007-14 Cadillac Escalade added to Takata recall
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2007-14 Cadillac Escalade added to Takata recall

Overseas Vehicle Sales has added the 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade to the ever-growing list of vehicles on the Takata airbag recall. As affected vehicles age, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can make the airbag inflator propellant degrade...


Holden recalls 333,000 cars with Takata airbags
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Holden recalls 333,000 cars with Takata airbags

Holden has announced an enormous 333,000 vehicles are to be recalled in Australia as part of the ever-widening Takata airbag scandal, the largest automotive recall in history. Vehicles including the Astra, Trax, Barina, Cruze and Cascada, plus the Opel Mokka and Zafira, and Saab 9-3 and 9-5, are affected. The Australia-made Commodore is not...


Australia's Takata recall: Strict rules and penalties, but little compensation
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Australia's Takata recall: Strict rules and penalties, but little compensation

The compulsory Takata airbag recall announced for all vehicles in Australia affected by faulty inflators will bring penalties of $1.1 million for breaches of the action's strict rules – but owners shouldn't expect much in the way of compensation. Announced today by Michael Sukkar, Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, the recall will be overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)...


Hyundai confirms voluntary ACCC program to improve customer service
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Hyundai confirms voluntary ACCC program to improve customer service

Hyundai Australia has engaged in a voluntary undertaking with the Australia Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), as it attempts to more closely adhere with Australian Consumer Law when dealing with customer complaints. The move comes as part of the ACCC's wider investigation into customer service in the automotive industry, which has already seen Holden accept and initiate changes to the way it deals with wronged customers...


2014-15 Ssangyong Stavic recalled
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2014-15 Ssangyong Stavic recalled

Ateco Australia has issued a recall notice for 340 examples of the Ssangyong Stavic people mover, over concerns about worn ball joints. The company says the joints could fail if cars are “operated for extended periods of time without any inspection or repair”...


Federal Govt wants compulsory Takata airbag recall as global tally ticks past 100 million
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Federal Govt wants compulsory Takata airbag recall as global tally ticks past 100 million

The Australian Federal Government has proposed a compulsory recall for all vehicles fitted with potentially life-threatening Takata airbags, following an investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). With the global tally of affected vehicles now exceeding 100 million units, the Federal Government says it's prioritising the safety of consumers with its proposal, in an effort to warn all potentially affected owners...


ACCC slams 'widespread issues' in car industry
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ACCC slams 'widespread issues' in car industry

Australia's consumer watchdog wants car manufacturers to drastically improve the way they handle customer complaints, to share their proprietary vehicle data with independent repairers, and to support real-world fuel economy and emission tests. These are three key findings in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) draft report into the new car retailing industry, which is open for stakeholder comments until September 7...


Ford spots roadside assist charge that shouldn't be, promises refunds
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Ford spots roadside assist charge that shouldn't be, promises refunds

As Ford's local arm works through its case against court action brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the company says it has identified an error that saw customers charged for roadside assistance it had advertised as free...


CarAdvice podcast 64: We talk to Holden after ACCC investigation
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CarAdvice podcast 64: We talk to Holden after ACCC investigation

Mandy Turner, Paul Maric and James Wong join you this week for an episode full of new-model details, and a talk about Holden's run-in with the ACCC. The new-gen SUV Peugeot 3008 touches down, Honda Jazz gets an update inside and out, a new engine option for Subaru Levorg, the Renault Clio RS receives a facelift, and the Hyundai Santa Fe gets standard safety features...


Holden commits to new customer service guarantees after ACCC investigation
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Holden commits to new customer service guarantees after ACCC investigation

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken action against another car company, with Holden the latest in the regulator’s crosshairs. Holden has accepted the findings of an ACCC investigation into the company's dealings with unhappy customers, this week committing to "court enforceable" custom guarantee obligations...


ACCC to sue Ford over PowerShift conduct, Ford "strongly refutes" allegations - UPDATE
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ACCC to sue Ford over PowerShift conduct, Ford "strongly refutes" allegations - UPDATE

The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) has started proceedings against Ford Australia in the Federal Court of Australia, over long-running concerns regarding the company's PowerShift automatic transmission fitted to variants of the Ford Focus, Fiesta and EcoSport sold between 2011 and 2016...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 10, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 10, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


ACCC takes action against Audi Australia over diesel emission claims
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ACCC takes action against Audi Australia over diesel emission claims

The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) has launched legal proceedings in the Federal Court against German carmaker Audi AG, its Australian subsidiary Audi Australia Pty Ltd, and their German parent company, Volkswagen AG over the long-running Dieselgate saga. This latest court action is in addition to proceedings launched against Volkswagen Australia by the ACCC last year...


Lamborghini Aventador fuel tank recall: This could get expensive - UPDATE
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Lamborghini Aventador fuel tank recall: This could get expensive - UPDATE

Update – Automobili Lamborghini has confirmed to CarAdvice that the voluntary recall relates to 5873 vehicles globally, and 104 vehicles locally. See bottom of article for details. A significant and hugely expensive assortment of Lamborghini Aventador models have been recalled, due to a potential fire risk stemming from the exotic cars' fuel tank...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 21, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 21, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Australian watchdog details car industry study, ANCAP questions its exclusion
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Australian watchdog details car industry study, ANCAP questions its exclusion

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released an issues paper outlining focus areas for the car industry market study it announced in June this year. The new car industry study is fundamentally set up to make sure car manufacturers and their franchise dealers understand their obligations, and that consumers understand their mandated rights...