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Toyota Prius, Prius V Recall

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Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited — Toyota Prius, Prius V

PRA No.2018/17091Date published17 Oct 2018Campaign numberPrius (LGG76), Prius V (LGG78)Product description

Toyota Prius (ZVW30)
Toyota Prius V (ZVW40)

This recall provides an additional remedy to the vehicles involved in the previous recalls in February 2014 (PRA2014/13991) and July 2015 (PRA2015/14822), because the remedy conducted then was found to be inadequate.

Identifying features

VIN (Vehicle identification number)See attached VIN listPrius & Prius V Power Management ECU VIN list.pdf (2.39 MB)Prius & Prius V Power Management ...

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MY2014 to MY2016 Holden & HSV, VF Commodore & WN Caprice Recall

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GM Holden Ltd — MY2014 to MY2016 Holden & HSV, VF Commodore & WN Caprice

PRA No.2018/17201Date published19 Dec 2018Campaign numberA182193280Product description

Holden VF Commodore
58,731 affected vehicles

Holden WN Caprice
1,938 affected vehicles

HSV VF Clubsport, HSV VF Maloo and HSV VF GTS
5,525 affected vehicles

Select 2014-2016 models, built on or prior to 30 April 2015.

Identifying features

VIN (Vehicle identification number)See attached VIN list.VIN List.xlsx (1.77 MB)

What are the defects?

Increased electrical resistance in a component within the Electric Power Steering system may result in a loss ...

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Mercedes-Benz C and GLC Class Recall

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Mercedes-Benz C and GLC Class Passenger Cars

PRA No.2018/17232Date published24 Dec 2018Campaign numberRC2599Product description

Certain Mercedes-Benz C and GLC Class Passenger Cars

Identifying features

VIN list.xlsx (90.88 KB)

What are the defects?

A concern may exist with the software in the vehicles Audio 20 control unit that will affect the automatic occupant detection for the front passenger seat in the vehicles effected.

What are the hazards?

A fault in the automatic occupant detection system (or software) for the front passenger airbags may cause an incorrect reading. This ...

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Water damage to your car

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With record rainfalls in some parts of the world including Australia, it’s possible that your vehicle has taken in water where I should not enter.
How is this possible ?.
Recently I received a question fro a motorist from Tasmania, with a concerning engine noise coming from the front wheels.
After several questions later the motorist revealed that they are hearing a sloshing of water noise within their vehicle.
I had to ask more questions to understand the situation further.
It turns out that this ...

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Recall Lexus LS500

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PRA No.2018/17211Date published10 Dec 2018Campaign numberLGGA0Product description

Lexus LS500
73 vehicles affected

Identifying features

VIN (Vehicle identification number)See attached VIN listVIN List and VIN Range Table.pdf (328.97 KB)

What are the defects?

The vehicle is equipped with a stop-start system that automatically stops and restarts the engine when the vehicle is stationary (e.g. at a stop light). Due to improper programming of the engine control computer, the engine may stall during acceleration from the stationary position when the engine restarts within a specific time range ...

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Recall Nissan Infiniti H15 Q30/QX30

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PRA No.2018/17194Date published12 Dec 2018Campaign numberPG8BQProduct description

Infiniti H15 Q30/QX30
April 2016 – February 2017 production

126 vehicles affected

What are the defects?

In certain vehicles, the Owner’s Manual supplied contains an error relating to the description of the rear door child lock function where the locked and unlocked positions are incorrectly indicated.

What are the hazards?

If the incorrect information within the Owner’s Manual is followed by the consumer, this may lead to potential misuse of the rear door child lock.

However on the vehicle itself, the ...

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Diesel Fuel Warning

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Do you own a diesel engine vehicle ?.
Gone are the days where you can just fill up anywhere or just leave your vehicle sitting around for months to years without starting the engine.
Filling up your vehicle will require a degree of diligence in the future, as your common rail fuel injection diesel will require more attention to detail.

Problem,
With electronic diesel injection systems that produce outstanding fuel economy, the engine itself is under pressure to maintain this result.
To do this a ...

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New features who are the beneficiaries

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When it comes to buying a new car there are two types of buyers, group one are the buyers that just buy a car for it’s looks.

group two the buyer that does exhaustive research to make sure it’s what they really want or need.

Over the past 20 years cars have got more features and devices then you may or may not need. Now with the latest add campaign regarding faulty airbags it’s revealed that a faulty air bag may kill ...

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Valvoline product search wins my vote this month

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Well, don’t do what I did and go to the wrong website.
I was in a hurry and by mistake, I went to the US site, that is not so helpful for people in a hurry to search what is the most suitable product for their vehicle.

Here is the link to search for the correct product http://www.datateck.com.au/lube/valv_auMS/

It seems still popular for people of all ages to still maintain their own vehicle. As a qualified mechanic, I don’t have a problem with that as ...

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Great Australian Airbag Crisis the full story

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it’s amazing how this story looks like its something new, unfortunately, this is a worldwide problem that won’t go away anything soon.
After reading the front page of the Melbourne Herald Sun, and wow this is an exclusive article regarding Airbag recalls.
The Herald Sun can reveal manufacturers of the nations most popular cars, including Ford, Holden, and Volkswagen will be forced to replace the dodgy airbags for free.
To the journalist that wrote the newspaper article, here are some correct facts.
https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls is ...

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