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Audi Q3, Honda Accord, Skoda Yeti and Rapid recalled

The Q3 small SUV has been called backed for a fault with its rear brake lights, with Audi saying 2598 units are affected.

The Australasian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced another round of national safety recalls, with models from Audi, Honda and Skoda impacted by the call backs.

Audi Australia has recalled 2598 examples of its Q3 small SUV – manufactured between June 2014 and November 2016 – over an issue with their rear brake lights.

When emergency braking is invoked via the electric park brake, the rear brake lights will not illuminate. 

Such an issue may create a hazard for other road users given they are not alerted that the vehicle is slowing down.

However, the brakes and tail-lights are not operationally affected when braking via the foot-operated pedal.

Meanwhile, Honda Australia has called back 4811 units of its pre-facelift, ninth-generation Accord mid-size sedan – on sale from March 18, 2013 to February 29, 2016 – for a battery fault.

In these vehicles, the battery sensor may have been manufactured incorrectly, with gaps allowing moisture to potentially intrude.

If moisture were to enter while containing a conductive substance like road salt, then an electrical short may occur leading to a fire. 

According to the Japanese carmaker’s local arm, no such incidents have occurred in Australia.

Skoda Australia has also recalled 27 combined examples of its 2017 model year Yeti and Rapid, with the same front seat belt tensioner issue prompting the small SUV and car to be called back.

The Czech brand says the gas generator of some front seat belt tensioners could have been inaccurately crimped onto the actuator pipe during assembly.

As a result, parts of their pyrotechnic system may become dislodged upon deployment during an accident, possibly entering the interior and increasing the risk of occupant injury.

Owners of all aforementioned affected vehicles will be contacted directly by their respective manufacturer, with a software update, repair or replacement of the faulty parts to take place at an authorised dealership.

Anyone looking for further information on these recalls – including a full list of impacted Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) – can search the ACCC’s Product Safety Australia website.

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