5 car recalls to make you take them more seriously

THERE are two ways of looking at the specifics of a car recall.

Firstly, you can look at the amount of media attention given to what's caused the recall and use that to judge its urgency.

Secondly, you can look at the worst-case scenario of what happens if you don't get your car fixed and use that to make the same judgement.

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So, at this point you've been told your car is being recalled for repairs, you know it's going to be free, and you've probably either been sent or seen online the recall report from the ACCC telling you what's going on.

The problem is, you need the car this week. School's just come back and  you've got meetings you need to drive to every day until Friday. Surely the repairs can wait?

The responsible voice says "consider the ACCC details carefully and judge the earliest time you can reasonably book your car in given the severity of the recall."

On the other hand ...

5 randomly picked worst case scenarios from Australian car recalls in 2015


Product description
Mercedes-Benz S63 Coupe

What are the defects?

The front seatbelts may have been incorrectly fitted during production. This may affect the locking behaviour of the belt and result in incorrect operation of the seatbelt pre-tensioning system.

What are the hazards?

If the defect occurs, the seatbelt may not restrain the occupant to the full capacity during an accident, increasing the risk of injury.

Make it scarier

You're in a spectacularly fast sports car with no seat belt worth a damn. Don't crash.


Product description
Toyota FJ Cruiser GSJ15

What are the defects?

Due to incorrectly maintained welding equipment on a particular production day, the steering intermediate shaft may have been insufficiently welded.

What are the hazards?

If the defect occurs and the vehicle is continuously operated in this condition, the weld could fracture resulting in loss of steering control, increasing the risk of an accident.

Make it scarier

Your steering wheel is now no longer steering nor connected to any wheels. You are going to crash.


Product description
Fiat Ducato M.Y

What are the defects?

There is a risk that the ignition switch may move out of the run position, resulting in a partial loss of electrical power and turning off the engine which can disable the power steering, power brakes and stop the airbags from inflating during a crash.

What are the hazards?

May cause injury to the driver and/or other road users by potentially causing people to lose control of their vehicles and may cause serious injuries or death.

Make it scarier

Your brakes don't work, your steering doesn't work, and you're in a 3-tonne missile doing 60 km/h.


Product description
2015 (MK) Jeep Compass and Patriot

What are the defects?

The power steering hose clamp may not be installed correctly during the manufacturing process. The low-pressure power steering return hose may detach and cause a large volume power steering fluid leak.

What are the hazards?

Leaking power steering fluid, in contact with an ignition source, could result in an engine compartment fire without warning.

Make it scarier

You're losing power steering and there's a flame-thrower under your bonnet.


Product description
2003 Jeep Cherokee and 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee

What are the defects?

The airbag system occupant restraint control (ORC) module may experience a front airbag and/or seatbelt pre-tensioner inadvertent deployment.

What are the hazards?

An inadvertent deployment while driving may pose an accident hazard.

Make it scarier

Jeeps now hate you so much they'll punch you in the face as you drive. Try keeping control while breathing airbag.



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