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Recalls: Hyundai ix35, Holden Barina Spark, Jeep Compass And Patriot Photo:
Trevor Collett | Jan, 21 2014 | 1 Comment

Four carmakers have issued recall notices to date in 2014 for the Australian market, affecting various cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles.

Hyundai is recalling around 6500 of its popular ix35 small SUVs, due to a potential seatbelt pre-tensioner fault.

The tensioning cable may be unleashed while driving - potentially causing injury to an occupant of the vehicle - or the cable may break during pre-tensioner deployment following a collision, reducing its ability to restrain a passenger.

Affected vehicles were built between August 2011 and February 2012, with VINs ranging from KMHJT81BLCU373966 to KMHJU81VSCU485865.

Holden has announced a recall of its light Barina Spark, affecting just 144 vehicles - all with manual transmission. The affected VIN range is KL8CJ6AD6DC613512 to KL1MF4819DC638097 with all units built between May and June, 2013.

Over time, the transmission mount supporting the five-speed manual gearbox can potentially develop a fracture, causing the transmission to become unsupported resulting in a loss of vehicle control in severe circumstances.

Isuzu has recalled around 3700 of its F- and N-Series trucks due to a potential transmission control module fault, which may allow the vehicle to lurch forward or backwards if the driver attempts to start the vehicle while in-gear.

Finally, Jeep is recalling 394 of its Compass and Patriot models, due to a potential fault with the daytime running lights (DRL).

When an indicator is activated and flashing, the DRL on the opposite side of the vehicle may briefly cease to operate.

Customers with affected vehicles should receive a letter from their respective manufacturer soon, but owners who wish to learn more, or who suspect their vehicle may be affected, should contact their local dealer.

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