Recall wrap: Hyundai Veloster ignition a fire risk

Volvo intake manifolds may melt and the fuel gauge in the Alfa Giulia and Stelvio is inaccurate

Hyundai Australia is warning owners of the 5171 units of MY2013 Hyundai Veloster sold in Australia that the car may suffer premature ignition, due to a software fault for the engine's electronic control unit (ECU).

According to the importer, the engine may stall, increasing the potential for the car to collide with another, or the vehicle could also catch fire. Owners will be notified by mail and are asked to take the Veloster to the nearest authorised servicing dealer to have new software uploaded. Further information is available by phoning 1800 186 306.

Volvo has issued a recall notice for a range of models sold in Australia between January 1, 2013 and July 8, 2019. Up to 3828 vehicles are affected, and include:
• S60 for MY2014-2018,
• S90 for MY2017-2018,
• V40 and V40 Cross Country for MY2015-2019,
• V60 for MY2014-2018,
• V90 Cross Country for MY 2017-2019,
• XC60 for MY2014-2017,
• XC90 for MY2016-2018

All the vehicles concerned are being recalled for the same defect, an engine valve that may leak, causing the intake manifold to melt and deform, possibly leading to fire or a crash, if the vehicle should lose power. Volvo will advise owners once the new parts are available, but asks owners in the meantime to contact the nearest Volvo dealer should they notice the engine warning light illuminating or loss of power. Further information is available by phoning Volvo on 1300 787 802.

FCA Australia is recalling Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio models for MY2017-2019. Due to a problem with the Body Control Module software, the fuel gauge may show the wrong reading – indicating more fuel in the tank than is actually the case. This could lead to the engine shutting down. The 1683 vehicles affected were sold in Australia between January 20, 2017 and July 29, 2019. FCA Australia plans to contact owners of the vehicles subject to the recall notice, inviting them to bring the vehicle to the nearest dealer to have new software uploaded. Further information is available by phoning 1800 870 724.

A software fault in the frontal collision-avoidance assist system of the Kia Optima has prompted the importer to commence a recall campaign, contacting owners of the 667 vehicles – all MY2018-2020 models sold in Australia between December 21, 2018 and August 2, 2019. The defect may result in the vehicle failing to recognise and brake for a stationary vehicle. Kia is contacting owners by mail to arrange an inspection and repair. Further information can be obtained by phoning 13 15 42.

Mazda is recalling the current-model (BP) Mazda3 for MY2019. The 420 vehicles subject to the recall are 'Pure' variants sold between April 10, 2019 and August 2, 2019. These vehicles may be susceptible to a manufacturing defect. The rear-view mirror could detach from its housing. Mazda will contact the owners, but further information is also available by phoning the importer on 1800 034 411.

Volkswagen Australia has initiated a recall campaign for the Amarok MY2017, which has been manufactured with a front-seat wiring harness that could be damaged. In that event, the seat may move into a different position without input from the occupant, or local heat build-up from the harness may damage the seat. The 279 vehicles affected were sold in Australia between October 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017. Further information is available from Volkswagen by phoning 1800 504 076.

As reported earlier, Toyota has implemented a recall campaign for hybrid variants of the Camry, Corolla and RAV4. The 173 vehicles affected were sold in Australia between May 21, 2019 and June 28, 2019.

Vehicles will be inspected for a manufacturing defect associated with the brake booster pump. According to the importer, if the pump ceases to operate, multiple warning lights will illuminate and the driver will be further alerted by audible alarms. Braking performance will be degraded also. Toyota dealers will contact owners to arrange for the vehicles to repaired. Owners can contact Toyota's recall hotline on 1800 987 366 for additional details.

Toyota is also contacting 10 owners of the MY2019 Lexus ES300h and UX250h for the same defect in the Lexus hybrids. These vehicles were built between May 31, 2019 and June 14, 2019. Owners may phone Lexus on 1800 023 009 for more information.

American Special Vehicles (ASV) is recalling RAM 1500 and 2500 trucks for MY2019 to rectify a defect related to the braking system's master cylinder pushrod pin. The pin holds the brake pedal fastened to the master cylinder pushrod. If the pin is not secured properly the brake pedal will no longer actuate the brake master cylinder. ASV is mailing advice to owners of the 78 vehicles affected, all built between June 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019.

Mercedes-Benz Australia has issued two recall notices recently. One concerns a manufacturing flaw affecting the crankshaft of the GLC220 and E300 – both 2019 models. Only four vehicles are affected and all were sold between April 1, 2019 and May 31, 2019. Surface damage to the crankshaft could do untold damage inside the engine, and sudden loss of engine power could result in a collision.

The second recall from Mercedes-Benz is related to the top-tether anchorage point centre/rear seat position of the MY2018 GLA-Class SUV. Only three vehicles are affected. The anchorage point may be concealed to the naked eye.

Takata update

Honda Australia has announced that around 47,000 cars in Australia are being recalled to have front passenger-side airbags (Takata beta-type) replaced with non-Takata alternatives. The vehicles subject to the recall are as follows:

• Accord (MY2003),
• Accord Euro (MY2003-2009),
• City (MY2009),
• Civic (MY2001-2005),
• CR-V (MY2002-2006),
• CR-V (MY2008-2009),
• Jazz (MY2003-2007),
• Jazz (MY2009),
• MDX (MY2003)

These vehicles were collectively sold between November 23, 2000 and March 31, 2013.

Volkswagen is recalling the Polo (A5) for MY2010-2014, sold in Australia between December 1, 2010 and January 1, 2015 to have the driver's airbag replaced. Owners of the 2759 vehicles affected will be contacted by Volkswagen shortly, but can make their own enquiries by phoning 1800 504 076.