The Australasian Fleet managers Association has announced the following vehicle recall notices by vehicle manufacturers. 

Fiat Ducato (19/12/2016-10/01/2017

Fiat’s Ducato light-commercial has been recalled again, with 56 vans subject to a possible camshaft cracking while in use.

This is due to a “non-compliance of the material during production process,” according to the manufacturer on the PSA website.

If the camshaft cracks during use the vehicle “could stop suddenly”, posing a danger of crashing into other road users and/or injuring passengers.

Owners should contact Fiat Chrysler Australia or their local dealership with details of the vehicle VIN number.

This recall adds to the Fiat Ducato’s recall back in January for a leaf spring fault.

Nissan Y61 Patrol (1997-present) 

Owners of the Nissan Patrol Y61 Y61 Patrol are being informed the passenger airbag inflators are susceptible to moisture build-up due to temperature changes inside the unit, causing condensation. The propellant in the inflator units deteriorates.

The breakdown of this propellant gas can “lead to abnormal deployment of the passenger airbag or metal fragment scatter,” described in the recall notice which, “may pose a hazard to the occupants of the vehicle.”

An airbag explodes out of the dashboard at over 300km/h – not a comfortable experience. So contact your Nissan dealer for rectification work which will be carried out free of charge and once “parts availability is confirmed”.

MAZDA BT-50 (Auto transmission) Recall

The Australasian Fleet Managers Association has issued an alert recall, notice for the Mazda BT-50 sold from 31 October 2011  3 December 2012.
The Ford Ranger-based Mazda workhorse could suffer an intermittent output shaft speed sensor failure. This can result in an unintended downshift from second gear into first gear.

The risk here is that while driving along, at speed, the vehicle could change down into first causing abrupt wheel speed reduction. This can result in skidding and loss of traction when wheels lock up or slide until the vehicle itself slows to an appropriate speed. This sequence however, can cause the vehicle to lose control, particularly in wet, or slippery conditions such as gravel or off-road surfaces.

Mazda Australia is attempting to contact affected owners by mail, but owners are advised to contact their local dealer with the vehicle VIN Number to seek further advice.

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