The Ford Mustang GT.
The Ford Mustang GT.

V8 Ford Mustangs recalled for fire risk

V8-POWERED Ford Mustangs are being hauled back to dealerships due to a risk they could catch on fire.

More than 1300 5.0-litre V8 Mustangs have been recalled to address a wiring issue. The recall affects Mustang vehicles built from May 27, 2015 through to March 1, 2016.

There have been no fires due to this issue in Australia.

The recall notice said "a number of 5.0-litre Mustang vehicles may have reduced clearance between the battery cable wiring loom and the exhaust manifold".

"On these vehicles it is possible that the wiring loom could contact the manifold and result in a short circuit, potentially resulting in an engine compartment fire," the statement said

Owners will be contacted by the manufacturer for dealership inspection and rectification. Anyone with an affected Mustang can phone Ford's Customer Relationship Centre on 1800 503 672.

It's more bad news for the Mustang, following its shock two-star safety rating which was announced in January.

Today has also seen a range of other vehicles recalled.

Volkswagen Group Australia has named issues with some MY09 and MY10 Eos, Golf, Jetta, Scirocco and Caddy, while there are also problems with the MY08 and MY09 Skoda Octavia.

All vehicles have the same fault: "The thermal overload within the ABS control unit can interrupt the current flow to the ABS control unit. This would stop the ABS from functioning correctly and would illuminate the warning light on the dash".

"A failed ABS/ESC system can restrict the protection provided. This can lead to a danger of an accident, especially in critical driving situations," the product safety announcement said.

Meanwhile, Audi is contacting 39 owners of the A4, A4 Avant, A4 Allroad, A6, A7 and A8 (MY17) due to problems with "irregularities in the mix ratio of the igniting agent in some airbag units or belt tensioners which could lead to the airbags/belt tensioners not triggering in the event of an accident".

Jaguar F-Type 2017-2018 models and 2017 Jaguar XE vehicles are also on the latest recall list. They have front seat belt pretensioner issues which "may fail to operate when required. Failure to operate can lead to increased injuries to the front seat occupants".

Owners will be contacted by the manufacturers for inspection, repair and replacement.


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