Audi, Jeep, Holden, Citroen, Jaguar, Land Rover, Smart, MG, Suzuki, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Fiat and Saab have all issued recalls in Australia in the last few weeks.
The Big Cat is concerned that a failing ‘deployable rear spoiler’ may cause the vehicle to become unstable and more difficult to control... but only at speeds above 217km/h.
Range Rovers can potentially develop a short in the under-bonnet electric cooling-fan, while Defender owners with 2011 and 2012 models have reported front axle oil-leaks and even front wheels detaching from their vehicles.
Engine oil could potentially ‘intrude’ into the braking system causing the servo diaphragm to rupture, eventually leading to reduced braking capacity.
Cherokees and Grand Cherokees built in 2014 have also been recalled, due to a potential problem with rear shock absorbers on the Cherokee and the ‘rear turn lamp outage detection system’ in the Grand Cherokee.
Other recalls include:
- 24 x Citroen C3 and DS3 for a potential front suspension arm fixing bolt failure
- An additional 241 Holden MJ Barinas (following on from an earlier recall) with manual transmissions
- 8 x 2013 Holden Trax due to front seatbelt pre-tensioner issues
- 20 x Mercedes-Benz SL and SLK for front passenger airbag issues
- 636 x Smart ForTwo due to a wiring concern with the heater shutoff valve
- 12 x MG6 for lack of centre child restraint anchorage point, as required by Australian Design Rules
- An unknown quantity of Fiat 500 models due to wiring under the dash rubbing on the steering column
- 2724 x Saab 9-3 Convertibles due to issues with the seatbelt Automatic Tensioning System (ATS)
- Suzuki Swift models built between June and October 2013 due to water pump pulley issues
The relevant manufacturers 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.
NOTE: The Saab 9-3 Convertible recall will be carried out by Holden dealers.