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Join the Q: Audi has recalled 2598 examples of the Q3 small SUV over a fault with the emergency braking system.

Skoda Rapid and Yeti, Audi Q3 small SUV and Honda Accord called back

General News logo17 Jul 2017

By ROBBIE WALLIS

AUDI’S Q3 small SUV, Honda’s Accord mid-size sedan, and two models from Skoda – The Yeti small SUV and Rapid small car – have all been recalled in recent days on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) website.

2598 examples of the Q3 manufactured between June 2014 and November 2016 have been recalled by Audi due to the brake lights becoming inoperative in emergency situations.

When the emergency braking function is initiated via the Q3’s electro-mechanical parking brake, the rear brake lights do not engage, creating a hazard for trailing road users.

Audi says the tail-lights still work perfectly when using the regular foot brake.

The manufacturer will contact all known owners of affected vehicles who can then contact their preferred Audi dealer for an inspection and repair.

Honda has recalled 4811 examples of its Accord sedan – both the 2.4-litre and V6 versions – sold between March 18, 2013 and February 29, 2016, over a battery-related problem.

The problem stems from an incorrectly installed battery sensor, which can allow for moisture intrusion and, if said moisture contains conductive substances, can lead to an electrical fault and possible fire.

Honda will contact owners by mail once parts availability is confirmed, where they can take their vehicle to their preferred dealer for an inspection and battery sensor replacement if required.

Finally, Czech manufacturer Skoda has called back 27 examples of its quirky Yeti small SUV and Rapid small hatchback, due to a malfunction of the seatbelt tensioners.

The gas generator of the seatbelt tensioners may have been incorrectly crimped onto the actuator pipe of the belt tensioner, which can lead to parts of the pyrotechnic system for the front belt tensioner to become dislodged on deployment in the event of an accident.

This can pose a risk to occupants due to parts flying around the cabin.

Skoda Australia will contact owners of the affected vehicles by mail, with information on arranging an inspection and repair of their vehicle.

Customers looking for additional information on the affected vehicles can go to the ACCC’s product safety website.

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