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Cars recalled in Australia

A range of cars from Suzuki, Land Rover, Lamborghini and Mitsubishi have been recalled in Australia for varying safety problems.

Selected Suzuki Grand Vitara SUVs sold between 2008 and 2013 have been recalled due to a potentially weak gear shift rear shaft. If it breaks, gear shift operation becomes impossible, and drivers will no longer be able to operate their vehicles. While it is not confirmed to affect local cars, Suzuki New Zealand promises to contact any owner of a recalled vehicle and replace the faulty parts free of charge.

Jaguar Land Rover have also issued a recall for three of its models, the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque, as there is a possibility the front passenger airbag may not deploy in the event of a crash. It affects a range of SUVs sold between August and October in 2016, and no identified cases of airbag failure have been reported. Local Land Rover distributors will contact owners immediately if the fault is found to affect New Zealand vehicles.

Selected Lamborghini Aventador models have also been recalled for a fuel overfilling issue. According to the super-car maker, if the car has an overfilled petrol tank, and under “particular handling conditions,” fuel could reach the carbon canister, resulting in the potential failure in the evaporative emission control system. This could cause a fire if vapours come into contact with engine gases.

The fault affects Lamborghini Aventadormodels worldwide and was first notified by the US Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday. Lamborghini Auckland consultant Andrew Szczepanskisaid local dealerships were yet to be contacted regarding the fault, but would inform Lamborghini owners if future problems arose.

The Mitsubishi ASX crossover has also been recalled for a possible failure with front windshield wipers. The recall affects vehicles sold between 2011 and 2014. Water may seep into the wiper motors and could lead to rust or seizure and become inoperable. Mitsubishi New Zealand has made no local announcement, but has an online system where owners can check via their VIN number if their car is affected.

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German minister urges Fiat recall

Germany’s transport minister Alexander Dobrindt has said he wants to pull Fiat models that breach emissions regulations from the market, according to German newspaper Bild am Sonntag. “The Italian authorities have known for several months that Fiat, in the opinion of our experts, uses illegal shut-off devices,” he claimed. The European Commission has expressed concern that the Fiat 500X hatchback in particular has been fitted with software that throttles the emissions treatment system during regulation testing to pass the current threshold.

This comes just days after the US Justice Department announced an investigation into Fiat Chrysler, the American arm of the company. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, said in a statement, that he is “deeply troubled” by the EPA findings and will work with state and federal agencies to investigate claims against Fiat Chrysler. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has condemned all allegations as “absolute nonsense” in a press conference, and said his company never attempted to cheat emissions rules by detecting when the vehicle was in test mode.

Both branches of investigation have hit the Fiat Chrysler hard in the markets. US-listed shares dropped 10 per cent at the news and Milan-listed shares 16 per cent, making only modest gains on Monday. If either the European Commission or the US Justice Department prove that emissions rules were violated, Fiat Chrysler could face fines of $(USD)44,539 per vehicle.

There are no plans to halt Fiat sales in the US. Both the petrol and diesel 500X models are not available in New Zealand, but Fiat is still taking expressions of interest from prospective buyers on their local website.

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Airbags investigated

Safety regulators in the US are investigating reports that defective Takata inflators ruptured airbags in six vehicles. (more…)

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