What do all these have in common here in Australia?
by Stuart Livesey
Since the beginning of March they’ve all issued recalls on vehicles and the recalls have all had to do with the braking system.
Toyota has issued the biggest recall of vehicles and it’s safe to say that this recall would have to be one of the biggest in Australian automotive history. It potentially affects approximately 137,000 vehicles; 134,000 Landcruiser 70 and 100 series and 3,000 Lexus LX470 models.
All these vehicles were manufactured between September 1997 and December 2005 and the recall is so that Toyota can check and replace faulty retaining bolts on the front disc brake rotors.
Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge are all marketed in Australia under the Daimler-Chrysler name and the vehicles affected are those in the following models fitted with an ESP/ABS brake system:
Chrysler 300C and 300C Touring – built from 11 October through to 23 November 2006
Dodge Caliber – built from 7 September through 18 November 2006
Jeep Compass – built from 7 September through 18 November 2006
Jeep Grand Cherokee – built from 11 October through to 23 November 2006
Jeep Commander – built from 11 October through to 23 November 2006
Jeep Wrangler – built 9 November through to 8 December 2006
The software programmed into the ABS control module needs to be re-programmed for, in it’s present form, may cause the rear wheels to lock up in certain braking conditions. Around 490 vehicles are affected by the recall.