Recall Wrap: Mitsubishi Triton strikes side step trouble

Almost 14,000 Triton utes recalled along with Hyundai i30, Audi Q5, Fiat Ducato and VW Passat, Arteon, Caddy

Of the 11 automotive product safety recalls announced in the two weeks since our last recall wrap on April 23, four of them relate to Takata airbags which we covered here, one them involved faulty windscreen wipers on more than 70,000 Mazda3s and the remaining six are led by potential rust problems for the Mitsubishi Triton ute.

Yesterday Mitsubishi Motors Australia issued a recall for 13,876 examples of the Triton double-cab sold between May 2, 2015 and May 26, 2017 due to concerns their pipe-style side steps could be prone to rust.

According to Mitsubishi, which will contact affected owners by mail (or they can call 1800 931 811), the side step cover rivets could corrode and fracture, especially if they have been exposed to salt or anti-freeze agent.

“If all of the rivets fracture, side step covers may drop off the vehicle, which can create a hazard for other road users,” said Mitsubishi. “In addition, the step may be difficult for vehicle occupants to use.”

On May 1, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia recalled 665 MY2013 Fiat Ducato Van 2.3JTD E6 vehicles due to a potential production issue with the manufacture of the throttle body, in which the intercooler sleeve may detach and cause loss of engine power and the engine malfunction indicator to illuminate.

FCAA said loss of engine power may result in an accident and injury to occupants of the vehicle and other road users, and advises affected owners to call a Fiat Professional dealer to have their intercooler sleeve and clamps replaced, or to contact or 1800 870 720 for more information.

On April 29, Audi Australia recalled 445 examples of the MY2019 Audi Q5 manufactured between July 2018 and March 2019 to rectify potential brake problems.

“The wall thickness of the brake master cylinder may not meet specifications,” said Audi. “The master brake cylinder may develop a leak and potentially fail. This could cause the hydraulic brake system to fail and lead to an increased risk of an accident. The electronic parking brake and its emergency braking function remain functional.”

Audi Australia is contacting all known owners of affected vehicles but consumers should contact their nearest Audi dealer to arrange for inspection and repair, or Audi Australia on 1800 50 AUDI (2834) for further information.

On April 26, Volkswagen Group Australia recalled 119 MY2019 VW Caddy vans supplied between September 1, 2018 and April 26, 2019 and potentially subject to non-Takata side airbag issues.

“On Caddy vehicles of a limited production period, the front backrest padding may have been fitted incorrectly,” said Volkswagen. “The front side airbags may not provide the vehicle occupants with adequate protection and increase the risk of injury in the event of an accident.”

On the same day, VGA recalled five Volkswagen Arteon sedans and 14 Passat models supplied between March 2016 and July 2018 to repair/replace their sunroof trim panel.

As with all Volkswagen recalls, the German car-maker will contact affected consumers, who can call the Volkswagen Recall Campaign Hotline on 1800 504 076 or arrange inspection of their vehicle at a VW dealer.

Finally, on April 23, Hyundai Motor Company Australia recalled 95 MY18 Hyundai i30 hatchbacks to rectify sunroof motor software that may not include an automatic safety stop function.

“Without the automatic safety stop function, the motor will continue to close the sunroof glass, which may result in an injury to a person if a body part is caught between the glass and the sunroof’s window frame,” said Hyundai, which will contact affected owners.

They can also call a Hyundai dealer or the company’s Customer Care Centre (1800 186 306).