Thursday, 15 June 2017 11:45

Safety recalls have been issued for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, several Audi models, the Citreon C4 Air Cross, the Peugeot 4008, and the Maserati Levante sport utility vehicle (SUV).

The recalls have come from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and cover more than 10,000 vehicles.

Among the latest recalls are the Mitsubishi 14-14.5MY ZJ Outlander PHEV, available for sale from September 19, 2013, to March 2, 2017.

No vehicle numbers affected have yet been included.

ACCC says the Mitsubishi PHEV recall is due to improper engine software, electric vehicle (EV) software and spark plug specification, which could result in the petrol engine shutting down unexpectedly. “This will limit the vehicle to EV drive mode only, with no electric charge by the engine.”

It says the hazards are that the EV battery may discharge, resulting in lack of power and risk of an accident.

Mitsubishi Motors Australia will contact all known owners by mail and their preferred dealer should have the vehicle rectified with revised software and spark plugs, ACCC says.

About 252 Citroen C4 Air Cross vehicles available for sale from June 1, 2012, to December 31, 2013, have also been recalled.

The ACCC says an insufficient anti-corrosion coating was applied to the end cap on the outer tube of the tailgate gas springs, which may cause corrosion.

Corrosion may result in the end cap breaking and hitting the operator and/or the tailgate falling down suddenly, resulting in an injury or a potential accident, it says.

Owners will be contacted by direct mail and should have the vehicle inspected and the replacement parts installed.

More than 4200 Peugeot 4008 cars available for sale from April 2, 2012, to December 31, 2015 are being recalled for a similar problem to the Citroen.

Again, owners will be contacted by direct mail and advised to have their vehicle inspected and the replacement parts installed.

Some 2252 Audi A4, A5 and A6 models with 2.0L TFSI engines manufactured from the beginning of 2011 to the end of 2016 are recalled.

This is due to foreign particles in the coolant possibly leading to a blockage in the additional coolant pump, causing the pump to overheat.

In isolated cases, if not repaired, the overheated coolant pump may catch fire, the ACCC warns.

Owners will be contacted by direct mail and should arrange for an inspection and update of the software on the engine control unit to adjust the activation and diagnosis of the additional coolant pump.

About 74 Maserati Levante (M161) MY17 (diesel) vehicles are recalled because the short rubber hose section of the intercooler pipe may not be in conformance and could break during normal vehicle use, the ACCC says.

That means vehicles could suffer a loss of performance and the “check engine light” would be displayed, it says.

Maserati will contact all known owners of affected vehicles who should arrange for an inspection of their vehicle and for any necessary work to be done.


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