Recall wrap: Mercedes-Benz extends Takata program

SLS recall takes total to nearly 13,500 Benz vehicles in Australia fitted with defective airbags

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has ramped up its program to replace dangerous Takata airbags in cars sold locally with the inclusion of the SLS sports car.

Only 121 of the high-performance two-seaters are subject to the recall, but their addition to the total number of Benz vehicles affected in Australia raises the aggregate to 13,499 vehicles in all. These comprise 4561 units of A-Class, 1302 units of the heavy-duty GL SUV, 6735 units of the ML SUV and 780 of the SLK sports car.

The SLS models affected are 2011 to 2014 models in need of beta airbag replacement on the driver's side. These vehicles were sold in Australia up to December 31, 2014. Mercedes-Benz Australia advises owners to contact the nearest authorised servicing dealer to arrange replacement of the driver's airbag. Owners may also contact Benz directly on 1300 659 307 or by emailing takata_au@daimler.com.

Another Mercedes-Benz AMG model, the AMG GT C for MY2017-2018 is also being recalled for a seatbelt jam. If the seatbelt doesn't retract correctly due to the jam, it may not hold the occupant securely in the event of a crash. According to the importer, 78 vehicles are affected, sold between June 1, 2017 and June 17, 2019.

Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep

FCA Australia is recalling the Dodge Nitro and Jeep Cherokee for replacement of tyre placards. For the MY2008-2009 Cherokee, the existing placard lists incorrect tyre load and speed ratings, and the placard for the MY2007-2009 Nitro lists an incorrect speed rating and "is missing the P-metric qualifier".

The recall affects 2559 vehicles sold between June 5, 2007 and June 20, 2011. Owners will be contacted by the importer to arrange with an authorised servicing dealer for a new placard to be affixed to the vehicle.

The Cherokee for MY2010 is being recalled as a consequence of a brake pedal linkage clip that may be defective. Due to a flaw in the manufacturing process the clip may be missing and the input rod to the brake booster may detach from the brake pedal. The 55 vehicles subject to the recall were sold in Australia between June 6, 2009 and June 12, 2012.

FCA is also conducting a separate recall for 814 units of the MY2007 Nitro, to fix windscreen wipers that may cease to operate unexpectedly. The vehicles affected were sold in Australia between June 21, 2006 and June 12, 2009.

The Dodge Caliber for 2007 and the Jeep Compass from the same year are also subject to a recall for a 'Totally Integrated Power Module' (TIPM) that has been "configured incorrectly" from the factory and may result in a malfunction of the headlight levelling system. In total, 767 vehicles are affected by this recall, all sold between June 1, 2006 and January 31, 2010.

Both these models are also being recalled for rear-wheel hub-mounting bolts that are too long and may prevent operation of the parking brake. The 20 vehicles affected were sold in Australia between June 6, 2006 and June 12, 2009.

Dodge RAM 2500 and 3500 models – both MY2010 builds – are being recalled for a front track bar mounting bolt that may be loose. Symptoms include a rattle or banging noise and left unresolved the fault may result in "loss of steering control". The 18 vehicles recalled were sold in Australia between June 21, 2009 and June 21, 2012.

Finally, FCA Australia is contacting owners of the MY2008 Jeep Cherokee for a manufacturing flaw involving the fitment of windscreen and quarter glass using the wrong urethane adhesive. In the event the adhesive fails, the glass could detach from the vehicle while on the move. The 12 vehicles affected were sold in Australia between June 20, 2007 and June 11, 2010.

Toyota

Toyota has issued a recall notice for the NHP10 Prius for MY2018-2019. Owners are advised that inadequate soldering of the circuit board for the DC/DC inverter may result in the 12-Volt auxiliary battery failing to recharge. Symptoms include warning lights illuminating in the dash, and continued use of the vehicle may shut down the hybrid-drive system. Toyota is contacting the owners of the 49 vehicles affected to recommend they contact the nearest servicing dealer to have the vehicle repaired. On-sale dates for the Prius models subject to the recall are March 19, 2018 to March 29, 2019.

Skoda

Volkswagen Australia is recalling various Skoda models for two different defects. In the case of the MY2018 Skoda Kodiaq, the fault – missing nuts holding an individual rear seat in place – affects 28 vehicles. Volkswagen will contact owners to arrange repairs.

The other recall from Volkswagen Australia applies to the Skoda Fabia, Karoq, Kodiaq, Octavia, Rapid and Superb. All are MY2018 models. In total, 27 vehicles are affected. According to the importer, the driver's front airbag may not inflate fully in the event of a crash.

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