Lexus is recalling its LX470 large SUV, due to a potential problem with the side-curtain shield airbags.
A programming glitch with the airbag system could see the airbags and the seatbelt pre-tensioners activate shortly after start-up when not required.
Unnecessary firing of the airbags can result in injury to the vehicle’s occupants, although Lexus says there have been no such incidents reported in Australia.
Owners are advised that they may continue to drive their vehicles before the necessary fix is carried out, but drivers are advised not to set off until the airbag warning light in the instrument cluster has turned off - approximately four seconds after start-up.
A total of 1500 vehicles are affected by the recall, with build dates between July 2002 and June 2006.
This recall is not related to the Takata airbag recall program, which includes various Toyota and Lexus models.
Jeep has issued recalls for 1380 of its 2015 Compass and Patriot SUV models due to a potential problem with the power steering system.
The carmaker has identified a hose clamp that may not have been installed correctly during the manufacturing process.
Should the clamp fail, the low-pressure return hose for the power steering system could leak, causing a significant loss of hydraulic fluid.
This fluid could potentially come into contact with hot engine parts, causing a fire.
Jeep is also recalling 2499 of its 2015-2016 Cherokee SUV models due to a potential problem with the powered tailgate.
Corrosion in the tailgate’s electrical connectors may cause a short circuit, as water may be able to interfere with the electrical circuit.
This could cause the tailgate to become inoperable, or in extreme cases, a fire may result.
Lexus and Jeep will attempt to contact affected owners shortly, but any owner wishing to learn more about the latest round of recalls should contact their local dealer.
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