24,712 Jeep Grand Cherokees have been recalled due to an issue that can cause unprompted acceleration under cruise control.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commissions (ACCC) has issued its latest round of safety recalls, with a number of models called back from Subaru, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, HSV, as well as Fiat Chrysler Australia (FCA) brands Dodge, Fiat, Chrysler and Jeep.
Specifically, 6234 Dodge Journey/Fiat Freemonts from 2014 to 2016, 1941 Chrysler 300s from 2014 to 2018 and 24,712 Jeep Grand Cherokees are subject to a fault with the power control module, which can cause the cruise control to malfunction.
The affected vehicles may accelerate unexpectedly, or have the speed locked. Either situation could cause an accident.
The recall notice from Subaru is in relation to a defective fuel pump wiring harness, which affects 21,870 Imprezas built between 2008 and 2010, as well as 29,442 Libertys and 20,674 Outbacks from between 2004 and 2009.
According to the notice, the fuel pump harness connector may deteriorate over time and cause non-operation of the fuel pump. This could lead to a number of issues, including a longer cranking time and engine stalling.
Mercedes-Benz has recalled three models, including the Sprinter large van, the V-Class people mover and the GLE250 large SUV, each for different reasons.
Just 11 Sprinters from between October and November last year have been called back due to missing spot welds. These welds affect the structural integrity of the vehicle in an accident, therefore the issue could cause increased harm to occupants in the event of a collision.
Each manufacturer will contact owners of affected vehicles to arrange a free-of-charge repair
A total of 77 V-Class vehicles need to be brought in for repair, due to wiring loom fasteners under the front seats that are prone to loosening.
If the looms become undone, it is possible that the side airbag/s may inflate unnecessarily.
Meanwhile, 53 GLE250s built between May and July of 2017 have been recalled due to a manufacturing error of transmission oil lines.
This problem can cause issues including oil leakage, power loss, and in the worst case, a fire.
Porsche also joins the recall list in July, with 17 of its second-generation Panamera sedans called in due to faulty connecting linking on the rear anti-roll bar.
If the anti-roll bar breaks, the car’s handling characteristics will be significantly affected.
Lastly, Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) has issued a notice for six Chevrolet Silverado pick-up units due to a incorrectly torqued seatbelt buckles.
A vehicle with this issue may be less safe for occupants in the event of an accident.
Each manufacturer will contact owners of affected vehicles to arrange a free-of-charge repair.