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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued its latest round of safety recalls, led by American Special Vehicle’s converted Ram 2500 and 3500 pick-ups.
Both the 2500 and the 3500 have been subject to multiple recalls, including an issue that involves an incorrectly mounted heater hose that could cause the brake pipe assembly to wear, reducing braking power.
The Rams were also found to have a potential fault in the steering system, namely, a defective tie rod bracket and mounting hardware. This could cause the wheel to turn in the wrong direction.
Finally, the Ram 2500, 3500 and the smaller 1500 are subject to recall for a defective tailgate latch.
Subaru also issued recall notices for a number of its models equipped with a 2.0-litre motor that houses defective valve springs which could fracture, and lead to an engine failure.
As the BRZ shares its powerplant with the mechanically related Toyota 86, it is also affected by this defect.
Meanwhile, Ford has called back 85,863 examples of its Ranger pick-ups produced from May 2011 to May 2015 as well as 42,907 Fiesta light hatch units built from May 2010 to September 2016, both due to an issue with the spring in the side-door latch that can break and cause the door to hang open.
This issue also affects 47,990 Mazda BT-50 pick-ups sold from October 2011 to June 2016.
German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz this month issued a recall for 102 E-Class large cars that were sold from April 2017 to January 2018, which have a fault preventing the bonnet from lifting in the event of a collision with a pedestrian.
1096 examples of the recently-released Mercedes-Benz A200 hatch have also been recalled for an issue that could see the headlights’ high beam become permanently activated.
Mitsubishi also joins the list, issuing notices for its ASX, Eclipse Cross and Outlander SUV, for two separate faults, the first of which affects 20,987 examples and is in relation to the forward collision mitigation system, which may continue to brake after the potential collision has occurred.
The other defect affects 35,850 units and is in regards to software momentarily disabling safety features including the adaptive cruise control, brake auto hold, hill-start assist and super all-wheel control.
Nissan has pulled 2060 MY17 Navara pick-ups and 14 Juke small SUVs due to an issue in the internal ignition switch spring, which after extended use, can cause the engine to shut off and the airbags becoming disabled.
554 Pathfinder SUVs have also been recalled by Nissan, with a potential internal brake fluid leak that can cause an electric short in the actuator circuit, which could lead to a fire.
Toyota has called back a number of Corolla hatch units built from 2004 to 2007, due to a potential electrical short that can damage the circuits in the airbag sensor, causing the airbag to deactivate or deploy unexpectedly.
A total of 31 diesel-powered Holden ZB Commodores have also been called back due to a potential leak in the fuel pump return hose, which could lead to a fire.
Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) also joins the list, with 107 Chevrolet Silverado pick-ups called back with a potentially incorrectly manufactured park brake cable assembly, which can lead to the parking brake disengaging unexpectedly.
1823 MG ZS small SUVs have been found to have a potential fault with the stability control system that can decrease power steering and result in the need for increased steering effort.
Those who seek more information on the affected vehicles can visit the ACCC’s product safety website.