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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 10th 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---9 NEWS IN BRIEF Spate of recalls Oh, what a bad feeling for Toyota IN PASSING KEITH DIDHAM COMPUTER GLITCH: Toyota is recalling some of its LS600h hybrids because of problems with the steering. TOYOTA is in damage control this week after being forced to recall 270,000 cars worldwide, including many of its flagship Lexus brand. In Australia, a recall was issued for 1120 of its Lexus GS and LS models, built between February 2007 and August 2008, to fix an engine problem. Customers in Japan have reported that the engine stalls and is hard to restart. Lexus says the problem is with the engine's valve springs. The second Lexus issue is an official recall over steering problems on two models, including its $244,000 LS600h hybrid flagship. Lexus reports that there was a problem with the car's computer system that controls the steering. It says no accidents had been reported relating to the issue, but on this issue alone it was recalling 11,500 cars globally and 37 in Australia. Lexus says the problem centres on the computer-controlled variable- power steering unit. It says some owners reported that after manoeuvring at low speed with the steering wheel in full-lock position, the steering wheel remains in an off-centre position even though the front wheels are straight. The company says this phenomenon is resolved automatically in a few seconds and the driver may notice this correction as the steering wheel moves slowly by itself to the centre position. Toyota admits the issue has been under internal investigation since March after receiving 10 customer complaints from Japanese owners. Models affected are the Lexus GS450h, GS460, LS460 and LS600h models that range in price from $127,000 to $244,000. Toyota's woes don't end there. The market leader is recalling a small number of its LandCruiser 200s to check for a fault in the front seatbelts. The company says a damaged buckle may prevent the seatbelt from locking properly. It is understood only 18 of the 200 Series GXL models subject to the recall may have been sold in Australia. There was some good news for Toyota this week, with it being named Australia's most trusted automotive brand in the annual Australian Readers Digest survey. It was the third consecutive year it was awarded the top spot. Toyota says it was largely due to its level of customer service. Air of Civic unrest HONDA has recalled more than 750 of its Civic sedan, built in 2001. The company says the cars may have a defective airbag. If it deploys, fragments of its inflator mechanism may tear the airbag. Steering into trouble SUZUKI has recalled more than 3000 of its Grand Vitara and Jimny four- wheel drives to fix a fault in the power steering system. Also on the recall list is Volvo, which wants to check a small number of its C30, C70, S40 and V50 models fitted with a 2.5-litre engine and manual transmission. Volvo says a faulty ball joint in the gear shift lever may stop the driver from changing gears. Crowning crisis MICHELIN has recalled 1900 truck tyres because of excessive crown wear. The Spanish-made tyres were sold between December 2008 and May this year. The tyres are marked on the sidewall with DOT HA 3M BJC X 4508 to 1510. Michelin says there have been no reports of injury caused by the tyres in Australia. Truck owners have been asked to contact their nearest Michelin dealer for information. • INCLUDES AIR CONDITIONING • 2.4L engine • 5 speed manual • Power steering • CD player and AM/FM radio DRIVE2 AWAY $22,9901 • OVER $3,000 EXTRA VALUE INC: • 18" ALLOYS • CROSS BARS • REVERSING SENSORS • BLUETOOTH® • FOG LAMPS • All Wheel Control 4WD System • Active Stability Control • Manual or 'Sports Mode' auto OVER $3,000 EXTRA VALUE DRIVE2 AWAY $21,9901 DRIVE2 AWAY $22,4401 OR AS SHOWN WITH PEARLESCENT PAINT • OVER $2,000 EXTRA VALUE INC: • HANDS FREE BLUETOOTH® • REAR SPOILER • 16" ALLOYS • 5 speed manual • 7 airbags • Active Stability Control • Active Traction Control • Sedan or hatch To see all Mitsubishi July offers visit buyamitsubishi.com.au or call 1300 13 12 11 See mitsubishi-motors.com.au for further information. Offers at participating Mitsubishi Dealers only. While stocks last. Mitsubishi Motors Australia reserves the right to extend or modify these offers. Offers available on new vehicles ordered and delivered between 3 July and 31 July 2010. Business, Fleet sales by special arrangement. †10 year or 160,000km Powertrain Warranty (whichever comes first) (non transferable). *5 year or 130,000km New Vehicle Factory Warranty (whichever comes first). ^5 years or 130,000km Roadside Assist (whichever comes first). Service conditions apply. ‡4 year or 60,000km Capped Price Servicing (whichever comes first). Covers all items specified under the standard Maintenance for Normal Operating Conditions schedule detailed in the Service and Warranty Booklet. Additional service/repair items (if required) are at additional cost. Excludes Government and Rental Fleet customers. See your Dealer for full details. 1. Recommended selling price. 2. Drive away price includes 12 months Registration, CTP Insurance, Stamp Duty and Dealer Delivery. 3. Proof of certification required. MMR1128/TAS/HM HOBART. DJ Mitsubishi. Phone 6213 3300. buyamitsubishi.com.au
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