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Porsche, Audi, Toyota, Ford, VW recall 25,000 SUVs

Porsche, Audi, Toyota, Ford, Volkswagen issue recalls for fire and crash risks

24 Jun 2020

PORSCHE Cars Australia (PCA), Audi Australia, Toyota Australia, Ford Australia and Volkswagen Group Australia (VGA) have all issued recalls this month for a combined 25,470 vehicles, the vast majority of which belong to Ford.


The Blue Oval is recalling almost 16,000 MY17-19 Ranger pick-ups and 5044 MY18-19 Everest SUVs to rectify a faulty transmission fluid pump in which the operating gears could fail while driving.


According to the official recall notice, if the gears do fail, it could cause the “loss of hydraulic fluid pressure in the transmission, which can result in a loss of motive power”.


“This may increase the risk of an accident and may result in serious injury to vehicle occupants and/or other road users,” the notice said.


Ford says it will be contacting affected owners to arrange a free inspection and subsequent repair.


While not the most pressing in terms of sheer volume, PCA’s recall of 244 MY19-20 Cayenne SUVs is certainly one of the more critical of this month’s recalls after it was discovered the hi-po Turbo and Turbo S E-Hybrid models (Coupe variants included) could be fitted with a faulty fuel line.


According to PCA, the ‘quick connector’ on the fuel supply line may fail and cause fuel to leak when engine temperatures are “very high”.


“Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source may cause a fire,” the recall notice said.


“If this was to occur there is a risk of serious injury to vehicle occupants, other road users and property.”


Unfortunately for affected owners, PCA says replacement parts will not be available until the end of July, at which point they can book in their Cayenne to be repaired free of charge.


“Until your workshop appointment, if you smell fuel coming from your vehicle, park it safely and immediately contact your nearest Porsche Centre by phone,” the recall notice said.


Back on volume, VGA’s two recalls concerning the MY20 Touareg and MY17-19 Tiguan SUVs account for the second highest amount of vehicles, especially the 2627 Tiguan R-Lines being recalled to repair the roof spoiler.


Due to deviations in the bonding process, the spoiler may detach from the vehicle and cause an accident in moving traffic.


Some 72 Touaregs meanwhile are being recalled along with seven Audi Q7/Q8s to have a potential oil leak repaired stemming from a faulty transmission oil pipe which may not have been welded properly.


VGA and Audi will be contacting affected owners directly to arrange a free inspection and repair.


Toyota’s recall meanwhile affects 1552 MY20 RAV4s and revolves around potentially faulty suspension arms which could lead to a total front suspension failure.


“Small cracks may form in the front lower suspension arms and with rapid acceleration and deceleration over the parts' lifetime, these cracks could spread and the suspension arm can eventually separate from the front wheel assembly,” the recall notice read.


“If the front lower suspension arm separates from the wheel assembly, this could result in loss of vehicle control and increase the risk of a crash, causing injury or death of vehicle occupants or other road users.”


While parts are not immediately available, Toyota says it is contacting affected owners and will do so again once the required parts are in stock.


Much like the replacement parts needed for PCA’s Cayenne recall, the new suspension arms are not expected to arrive until late July 2020.

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