Major car recall over fears defects could lead to crashes

Drivers are being urged to check the make of their vehicles after several models were recalled over potentially serious safety issues that could increase the risk of an accident.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recalled thousands of models from 2007 to 2019 due to defects with wheels, brakes, headlights and windscreens.

Mazda models recalled

2019 Mazda 3 Hatchback

There may be a small gap between the wheel studs and hub assembly, causing loss of control of the vehicle and a knocking noise.

It could also risk the wheel falling off the vehicle.

“The stability of the vehicle may be affected, increasing the risk of loss of vehicle control and potentially resulting in an accident injuring vehicle occupants and other road users,” the ACCC said.

The popular 2019 Mazda 3 hatchback has been recalled. Source: AAP

Jeep models recalled

Jeep Compass 2007

This vehicle is being recalled due to the length of the rear wheel hub mounting bolts which can prevent the use of the park brake, causing unintended movement of the vehicle.

The headlight levelling system may also not function properly, affecting light performance.

Jeep Cherokee 2008-2009

The incorrect load and speed rating is listed on the tyre placard.

Jeep Cherokee 2008

Incorrect adhesive may have been used on the windshield, which could cause it to separate from the vehicle.

Jeep Cherokee 2010

The service brakes may fail due to a possible incorrectly manufactured brake pedal linkage clip.

Several of the Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Compass vehicles have been recalled. Source: AAP

Dodge models recalled

Dodge Nitro 2007-2009

The incorrect speed rating is listed on the tyre placard and is missing the P-metric qualifier.

Dodge Caliber 2007

Recalled due to the length of the rear wheel hub mounting bolts which can prevent the use of parking brakes, causing unintended movement.

Dodge Nitro 2007

The windshield wipers could stop working and cause decreased visibility during rain.

Dodge Caliber 2007

Recalled as the headlight levelling system may not function properly, affecting light performance.

Dodge RAM 2500 2010 and Dodge RAM 3500 2010

Loss of steering may happen due to the a loose front track bar mounting bolt.

The windshield wipers on the 2007 Dodge Nitro could stop working and cause decreased visibility during rain. Source: Getty

What to do if your vehicle is listed?

Affected customers should be contacted by Jeep Australia or Mazda Australia.

A repair should be carried out at no cost the owner.

For more information visit the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website.

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