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Ford Mondeo, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes-Benz S-Class Recalled For Separate Causes Photo:

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Brad Leach | Oct, 31 2016 | 1 Comment

The all-new Jaguar F-Pace SUV is up for its first recall just months after Australian launch - and it joins a bunch which includes the Ford Mondeo and Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan.

Headlight issues require the ‘Benz and Mondeo models to visit a dealership (though the issues are unrelated) while for the Jaguar it’s a problem with the starter motor.

The F-Pace models needing a trip to the workshop are 36 vehicles produced between 3 March and 15 June this year and fitted with the 3.0-litre diesel engine.

Jaguar F-Pace
Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar says a starter motor cable may be routed incorrectly meaning it could rub against the engine mount. If not corrected, the plastic sheath around the cable may wear away, exposing the cable and possibly causing stalling of the engine and for a warning light to illuminate on the dashboard.

Also if left untouched, the F-Pace may be at risk of smoke/fire in the engine bay as the cable sheath could become flammable.

Jaguar Australia will be contacting the 36 Australian owners.

Ford Australia is in the process of contacting 579 owners of Mondeos produced between 16 October 2014 and 22 December and fitted with adaptive LED headlights.

Ford Mondeo
Ford Mondeo

A software error in the Headlight Control Module (HCM) could result in the headlights turning off - a situation which the driver can correct by turning-off the engine and re-starting (the re-cycling of the HCM will reactivate the headlights).

The 579 Mondeos will need to be taken to a Ford dealership for rectification.

For the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the problem is a lot simpler - the headlights in the S-Class prestige sedans may have been incorrectly adjusted when the cars were prepared in the factory in Germany and thus not work to their maximum capability. Mercedes-Benz will be contacting the small number of owners and asking them to swing into their nearest dealership for a straight-forward adjustment.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by their respective manufacturer, however any owner wishing to know more can contact their local dealership for further information.

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