Recall Wrap: Isuzu D-MAX recalled over potential leaf-spring fractures

Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Porsche and Isuzu all feature in official recall list

Isuzu UTE Australia is experiencing a rear-suspension problem with 4,717 of its D-MAX crew cabs that were on sale nationally between January 27 and October 16, 2018.

The problem concerns the three-leaf rear springs which may fracture and cause – among other issues – unintentional activation of the parking brake “due to the rear axle being unsupported on the failed side”.

The leaf-spring’s potential failure is brought about by “an insufficient diameter of the front eye” and the consequence could be potential injury to vehicle occupants and other road users. “All known” affected owners are being contacted by Isuzu UTE Australia to arrange a dealer appointment for inspection and replacement of the rear leaf spring assembly.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class models on sale nationally in Australia during 2016 between May 2 and October 28 are being recalled to correct a problem that could cause inadvertent activation of the car’s airbags.

The issue affects 780 vehicles and comes from possible damage to the airbag control unit during assembly, caused through impact with the air-conditioner housing.

According to the recall information, “this may lead to an impairment of the functioning of the control unit and an inadvertent activation of the airbags cannot be excluded. This could increase the risk of injury for the occupants as well as the risk of an accident”.

Affected E-Class owners are requested to contact the most convenient Mercedes-Benz retailer to arrange a free-of-charge repair.

Mercedes-Benz is also recalling 597 model-year 2019 A-Class models on sale between February 1 and March 28, 2019.

The recall concerns a problem with a faulty control lever, which can fail to deactivate the high beam and bring the risk of blinding oncoming drivers.

The company advises that A-Class owners of vehicles sold during the designated period contact their local Mercedes-Benz dealership for a free-of-charge software update to correct the problem.

In the meantime, A-Class owners are advised that the high beam can be deactivated by turning the rotary light switch to the manual driving light setting.

Also on the recall list for Mercedes-Benz are 89 A-Class, C-Class and CLS-Class models sold nationally between May 22, 2018, and February 4, 2019, to fix a problem with the software in the powertrain control unit.

The issue may bring about a reset of the control unit while driving and, if it occurs during an ECO stop, may result in the engine failing to re-start automatically. Also, the engine “may lose power” and the vehicle might coast down while in motion.

The unexpected engine failure may possibly lead to an accident or injury to occupants and other road users.

Mercedes-Benz will contact owners to arrange a free-of-charge repair. Owners of affected vehicles are also urged to contact their nearest dealer.

Elsewhere, 99 Volvo S90 and XC60 models sold between August 1, 2017, and March 26, 2019, are being recalled to attach a nut on the front seat rail that “may be missing” on some vehicles.

This could cause instability of the seat structure and position in an accident, with the possibility of deformation which could lead to injury to vehicle occupants.

Customers are advised to contact their Volvo dealer to arrange an appointment that will determine if the nut/nuts are missing and conduct a rectification if necessary.

The owners of 29 Porsche Boxster 718 and 911 models on sale between October 23, 2017, and May 16, 2018, are being notified by the company to address the possibility that insufficiently-tightened airbag sensors in the sides of the vehicles.

In the event of an accident, the fault could leave passengers without the full protection of the restraint systems.

Porsche is contacting affected customers by mail to arrange inspection and repair.
Meanwhile, Mazda’s discontinued RX-8 model also figures in the latest round of recalls, with 2006 cars sold between July 10, 2003, and April 28, 2005, called in to fix ball joint casings in the front lower arms which may crack due to an “inappropriate production process.”

Mazda says that “under high load conditions, the ball joint casing may break, which may cause the ball joint to detach from the lower arm. This may result in a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of an accident and injury.”

The company is contacting all affected owners to arrange free-of-charge replacement of the lower front control arms at preferred Mazda dealers.