The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued its latest round of recalls, with models from Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia and Volvo impacted by the recent safety notices.
Hyundai Australia has recalled 9205 units of the YF-series i45 mid-size sedan and 473 examples of the DM-series Santa Fe large SUV for possible debris contamination inside versions fitted with the 2.4-litre 'GDI' four-cylinder petrol engine.
Introduced during assembly of this specific powerplant, the contaminates may cause the unit to fail and the vehicle to stop suddenly when running for long periods of time.
Meanwhile, Kia Australia has called back 4963 examples of the 2011-2014 TF-series Optima mid-size sedan and 16 2013 XM-series Sorento large SUVs, both for faults with the connecting rod bearing within the engine.
Due to a machining error during the manufacturing process, this part may prematurely wear, which can result in a cyclic knocking sound being produced from the unit.
As a result, the engine and oil pressure warning lights in the instrument panel may activate, which, if ignored, could lead to the bearing failing and, in turn, the vehicle stalling whilst being driven.
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Australia has recalled 40 units of the mid-size XE and 29 large XF sedans, as well as 57 examples of the F-Pace mid-size SUV, with issues involving the fuel return hose leaking.
Impacting 2017 and 2018 model year vehicles sold between November 20, 2016 and May 22, 2017, drivers with affected vehicles may smell a fuel odour and see puddles form underneath their car.
If fuel leaks onto the road, it can create a skid hazard for other road users, which can heighten the chances of an accident happening.
Furthermore, the risk of a fire occurring increases if leaked fuel comes into contact with a sufficiently hot surface inside the engine bay.
Additionally, Volvo Australia has called back 58 examples of the 2017 XC90 large SUV equipped with seven seats over a fault with the right-hand side third-row seatbelt pre-tensioner.
If produced with an incorrect production parameter, a small part of the pre-tensioner may detach during a crash, but will otherwise operate as normal in all other situations.
In such an event, the detached part could bounce around inside the cabin, which increases the risk of injury to occupants.
Affected Hyundai and Kia owners will be contacted via mail and instructed to arrange an inspection and free repair of the faulty engine parts at their preferred respective dealerships.
Alternatively, Jaguar customers will be personally notified by JLR Australia to have the fuel return hose replaced for no charge at their local service centre, while Volvo buyers should contact their nearest dealership directly to book a no-cost replacement of the right-hand side third-row seatbelt.
For more information on the aforementioned recalls – including a full list of affected Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) – consumers can search the ACCC's Product Safety Australia website.
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