A number of manufacturers including Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Maserati and Volvo have issued recent recalls on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website over defects varying from fire hazards to power steering failures.
Ford has issued a recall for 8878 examples of the Kuga mid-size SUV built between December 11, 2012 and June 19, 2014 due to the potential risk of a fire.
The recall concerns the insulation material on the inner face of the lower B-pillar trim, which can be subjected to a concentrated heat source in the event of an impact that results in the front seatbelt retractor pre-tensioner being deployed.
If this happens, it can result in a fire, however Ford says there have been no examples of a fire occurring in Australian vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz has recalled examples of its GLE, GLS and GL SUV sold between October 2015 and August 1, 2016, due to a power steering fault.
The fault stems from the possibility of moisture intrusion in the electric power steering control unit, which may interfere with the signal transmission in the control unit, causing the power steering to fail.
This will increase the risk of an accident in the large and upper-large luxury SUVs.
Italian luxury marque Maserati has recalled 1347 vehicles across its Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante model lines, over a potential fault with the electric seat adjustment.
An incorrect seat wiring harness layout is to blame for the fault, which can cause the seat wiring harness to rub against metal points on the seat and seat frame assembly.
Through regular use over time, the seat adjustment system may become inoperative, which can lead to an electrical short to ground between the seat wiring harness and seat adjustment motor assembly.
Lastly, Swedish manufacturer Volvo has recalled model year 2016 and 2017 examples of its S90 sedan and XC90 large SUV over a fault with the air conditioning drainage hose.
The hose may not have been properly attached, meaning the water condensation that it carries from the air conditioning unit may end up in the occupant compartment.
This can lead to air conditioning functionality issues, or in a worst case scenario a loss of function in other electrical systems, which can pose a safety risk to vehicle occupants.
In all recall cases bar Volvo, it is specified that the manufacturers will contact all known owners of the vehicles, who can then arrange an inspection and repair of their vehicle at their preferred dealer.
Volvo owners are also encouraged to contact their nearest dealer, however there is no word whether the company will notify owners first.
Those looking for additional information on the recalls can do so on the ACCC’s product safety website.
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