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Latest recalls: is your car affected?

19 June 2006

Brake failures, fuel leaks and dodgy airbags are behind the latest batch of safety recalls, which together affect more than 150,000 cars.

ABCs - Airbags, Brakes and Corrosion
In the largest recall, Renault wants to check the brakes on 58,226 Megane and Scenic models.

For the Megane, models built from October 2002 until February 2004 are affected; for the Scenic, models from June 2003 to January 2004 are being recalled. Renault has found that a missing part could result in a loss of braking power when the pedal is pushed to the floor.

Nissan wants to inspect 27,869 X-Trail 4x4s built between June 2000 and November 2004. There is a chance that the fuel tank filler tube could rust and create leaks as owners fill up.

Nissan also wants to check for damage to the rear seatbelts on 1434 Z50 (previous generation) Murano grey imports built between April 2002 and July 2005, as wear could increase the risk of injury in an accident.

Citroen is contacting the owners of 25,083 C4s built between November 2004 and January 2006, because the front airbag may not deploy in a collision. It is also recalling 5117 C8s made between July 2003 and November 2004 as moisture could affect braking performance, and 126 Xsara Picasso models built between February and May 2004 because the engine could fail.

Fires, failures and fuel
Saab is concerned that high engine bay temperatures in 20,905 cars could result in impaired braking performance on 9-3s built between July 2002 and March 2005.

For Volvo, the risk of steering failure means that 16,386 XC90 off-roaders built between January 2003 and 2006 are being recalled, while a fuel line problem could lead to leaks after parking the car on 965 S40 and V50 models manufactured between July 2003 and June 2006.

Vauxhall has found that a component may not have been fitted to the centre rear seatbelt of 1172 Vectras made between January and March this year, which means passengers might not be restrained in an accident. All 798 Monaros are also being inspected by Vauxhall the side airbags might suddenly fire without warning.

Owners of 1521 Volkswagen Sharan built between November 2002 and August 2003 are being contacted as a fault with the flywheel could cause a fire.

Other recalls
Toyota is replacing the steel wheels of 851 RAV4 made between July 2001 and September 2004 with a stronger design, while 696 Land Rover Discovery finished between July 2004 and April 2005 could leak fuel.

The smallest of the recalls covers just 11 BMW M6 put together between February and April this year. The manufacturer has found that tyres could have been damaged when fitted and suddenly deflate as a result.

In every case, the car manufacturer is contacting owners of the cars with the offer of free checks and remedial work.

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