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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 20th 2010
14--- Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 20, 2010 Innovation fuels safety issues WORLDWIDE PROBLEM: Braking issues have led to a recall of the Toyota Prius hybrid, which has also has accelerator problems in the US. SEND IT BACK: French carmaker Citroen issued 12 safety recalls last year, nine related to the C5. The number of vehicle safety recalls could increase as manufacturers rush new and more complex vehicles into the market. Mark Hinchliffe reports VEHICLE technologies manager Steve Spalding said he had noticed an increase in member inquiries, follow- ing recent safety issues regarding the Toyota Prius and Corolla. ''It's probably due to the higher profile of recent recalls in the media,'' Spalding said. Toyota recently recalled the Prius hybrid worldwide for a loss of brake feel in certain conditions and in the US for accelerator pedal problems, which are not an issue here because of a different component supplier. This has been followed by concerns over faulty accelerator pedals in other vehicles, and steering in Corollas. Toyota Australia yesterday de- clared the steering issue was not relevant here. ''From my perspective, I think the number of recalls is quite high in the last year or so and a couple of issues would most likely be contributing to this,'' Spalding said. ''There is the rapid rate of tech- nology innovation being introduced into new vehicles along with the complexity of on-board systems. ''Plus with the shorter research and development times in bringing a vehicle to market, manufacturers have reduced new model develop- ment from around five years to two or less,'' he said. The latest recall notice was issued on Wednesday when Mitsubishi re- called the Grandis people mover over a faulty automatic-transmission feed tube. The recent rash of safety issues involving Toyota is not reflected in its number of product recalls over recent years. The beleaguered Japanese manu- facturer had nine recalls in 2005 and 2006, six in 2007, one in 2008, two last year and one so far this year. Holden and Ford have also shown a decreasing number of recalls. Holden had eight recalls in 2006 but only one last year and so far this year, while Ford had 10 in 2007 but only four last year and one this year. Over the past few years, car recalls have dropped from 79 in 2005 to 63 last year, with a peak of 91 in 2008. The biggest number of voluntary safety recalls last year was made by Citroen. The French company had 12 recalls in Australia, nine of them for the C5 for various matters including poor engine running, ''loss of communi- cation'' with the steering, and poor fitment of some parts. Meanwhile, Mazda did not have any recalls last year and BMW has not had a safety recall for its passen- ger vehicles since 2006. Last year, overall, there were 126 recalls, including 76 for cars, 25 for motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles and 25 for trucks. This year, there have been eight recalls with five for cars, one for bikes and two for trucks. Safety recalls are made by the company under a voluntary code of conduct administered by the Aust- ralian Department of Transport. Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries chief executive Andrew McKellar said the industry adhered to a clearly defined set of criteria for safety recalls. ''They are there to ensure that there is a strong focus on safety,'' he said. ''If there is ever any doubt, then the basic approach followed is one of precaution ensuring that consumer's safety is put first. ''Our experience is that the process works effectively, but does usually involve significant costs to the manu- facturer,'' McKellar said. Spalding said owners should com- ply with manufacturers' recall no- tices, which were issued in media advertisements or by direct corre- spondence with owners. ''From a consumer advice perspec- tive, it is important motorists of affected cars comply with recalls even if the owner believes the problem is only a minor one,'' he said. ''There may be engineering reasons why the manufacturer has initiated a recall that are not necessarily appar- ent to the owner/driver. ''Recalls should be seen as the manufacturer taking a responsible step to addressing an in-service fault, a worse outcome would be where no action is taken by the manufacturer and motorists' safety is put at risk.'' If the supplier does not voluntarily recall a vehicle, the ACCC has the power to order a safety recall. Defects that are not safety related are not subject to recalls. 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