Chery’s mid-2023 re-emergence in the Australian market has seen the challenger brand go from strength-to-strength with the increasingly popular Omoda 5 small SUV leading the charge and the larger Tiggo 7 Pro SUV recently joining the line-up.
But the Omoda 5 is now the subject of a safety recall due to a potential fault in its braking system, with all vehicles so-far sold in Australia impacted.
According to an alert issued by the Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communication and the Arts, “Due to a manufacturing defect, the bolt securing the brake pipe union may not have been tightened sufficiently.
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“This could cause the brake fluid to leak and result in reduced braking performance.”
In a worst-case scenario the department says, “A reduction in braking performance could increase the risk of an accident resulting in serious injury or death to the vehicle occupants, pedestrians and other road users.”
The recall relates to 5901 examples of the Omoda 5 across BX and EX grades, manufactured in 2022 and 2023. Chery recorded 5370 Omoda 5 registrations in 2023 with 515 units sold so far in 2024.
It’s worth noting the Omoda 5 scored a maximum five-star ANCAP safety assessment against the independent body’s current testing criteria in late 2023.
Omoda 5 owners are advised to contact their preferred Chery dealership to have their vehicle inspected and rectified free-of-charge.
Available contact options regarding the recall are: Chery Customer Care - 1800 424 379 / firstname.lastname@example.org.