Prestige brands recalls cars

12 December 2012
, CarsGuide
Prestige brands recalls cars

German giant Mercedes-Benz is recalling 2159 passenger cars produced between March 2012 and August 2012 fitted with a particular type of accessory floor mat.

The company issued the recall over concerns the accelerator pedal may come into contact with the floor mat. "(The contact) could interfere with the pedal operation and affect the ability of the driver to slow the vehicle," the recall notice said.

"If the accelerator pedal comes into contact with the floor mat (which is one of the optional accessory mat ordered by customers), this may result in unexpected high vehicle speeds and it may be difficult to slow or stop the vehicle," the notice said.

Mercedes-Benz spokesman Jerry Stamoulis said some of the affected vehicles were still on ships from the factory and had yet to be delivered to customers. "We haven't had any issues with these mats in Australia but we are replacing them as a precaution, we are writing to customers of the vehicles that have already been sold that may have had these mats fitted or have been purchased at authorised dealerships," he said.

British prestige car maker Jaguar is recalling 63 of its five-litre V8 petrol XF sedans sold between 2010 and 2012 with a Vehicle Identification Number range from R47155 to R73382 over concerns of a fuel leak and fire. The recall involves problems with the fuel tank fuel outlet mounting flange that may develop crack, which could trigger a warning light on the dashboard.

"If this occurs, the driver will most likely see an amber malfunction indicator lamp on the instrument cluster. "The driver may smell fuel and in some instances with the vehicle stationary, there could be liquid fuel underneath the vehicle, which in the presence of an ignition source could lead to a fire," the recall said.

Jaguar Australia is writing to customers who bought vehicles affected by the recall to have the fuel outlet mounting flange replaced. German sportscar marque Porsche has issued a recall on its 2010 model 911 GT3 with the central wheel lock feature, manufactured between February 19, 2009, and April 6th, 2010.

The recall notice says that under rare circumstances, the wheel hubs and wheel bearings on the rear axle may break. "If the rear wheel hubs and bearings break, the driver may lose control of the vehicle and create a hazard to the driver and other road users," the notice said.

Porsche Cars Australia is writing to effected owners and they are being asked to contact their nearest Porsche dealer to arrange for the wheel hubs and wheel bearings on the rear axle to be replaced.