Caravanning News

ACCC Product Safety Australia – 2012-2013 (KK) Jeep Cherokee

There has been a recall by FCA Australia on 2012-2013 (KK) Jeep Cherokees.  

The recall notice states that ‘An internal failure in the Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC) may result in the inability to deploy an Active Headrest (AHR) function during certain rear-end crashes.’   The hazard is stated as ‘The Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC) on the vehicle may cause an airbag warning lamp to illuminate due to an internal failure in the ORC. This may result in the inability to deploy the Active Headrest (AHR) function. The inability to deploy the AHR function during certain rear-end crashes may increase the risk of injury to front seat occupants during such rear-end crashes.’

The notice states that FCA Australia will notify owners by sending a courtesy letter, until replacement parts become available. Once the replacement parts become available, owners will receive a second letter advising to schedule a service booking with their nearest Chrysler Jeep Dodge repair centre, who will inspect the ORC and replace it if necessary.

For further information and to see if your vehicle is affected, go to https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/fca-australia-pty-ltd-2012-2013-kk-jeep-cherokee.

Park of the Month – Discovery Parks – Jindabyne

Discovery Parks – Jindabyne is the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) Park of the Month for December.

Positioned on the banks of the picturesque Lake Jindabyne, Discovery Parks – Jindabyne is an ideal location from which to explore the Snowy Mountains region.

No matter what the season, there is always something to see and do.  You can make the Park a base to explore the nearby trout hatchery, winery and microbrewery, and Kosciuszko National Park. 

In the warmer months, it’s only a short drive from the Park right up to Charlotte’s Pass from where you can walk to the top of Mt Kosciuszko.  Alternatively, you can drive to Thredbo and catch the chairlift then walk to Mt Kosciuszko.  For the keen walker, there’s plenty of walks through the region or you can take the lakeside walk from the Park into Jindabyne.

In the winter months, it’s only 30 minutes to the alpine country ski slopes.  

Discovery Parks – Jindabyne boasts some great facilities including an activity room, barbeque, boat ramp, camp kitchen, dump point, family bathroom, hire equipment, kiosk/store, laundry, playground and there’s also a spa/sauna.

The Park has a range of accommodation available including deluxe villas, cabins, powered paved sites and powered slab sites for RVs, and powered and unpowered tent sites.

ACC members who have taken advantage of the free Discovery Parks membership card offer and hold a current Discovery Park membership card receive a 10% discount up to a maximum of $50 per stay.

ACCC Product Safety Australia – Recall on Digitel Australia Pty Ltd 3-Ton Jack Stand

There is a recall on Digitel Australia Pty Ltd 3-ton capacity (6,600 lb) ​jack stand​, adjustable from 11-7/16" to 16-3/4", heavy duty steel body.  

The recall notice states that “the product does not meet the requirements of the mandatory standard ‘Consumer Protection Notice No. 12 of 2008, Consumer Product Safety Standard for Vehicle Support Stands'. The product may buckle during use.” The notice states this may cause a hazard as “If the product buckles during use it may pos​e a crushing hazard, resulting in serious injury or death to the user.”

The notice requests consumers to immediately stop using the support stands and dispose of them safely and for consumers to contact Digitel Australia to arrange a full refund.  The stands were available for sale from 1 June 2017 to 8 September 2017.  

 

For further information, go to https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/digitel-australia-pty-ltd-3-ton-jack-stand

ACCC Product Safety Australia – Nissan D23 Navara & R52 Pathfinder Series 1 Models Recall Notice

A recall notice has been issued by Nissan Motor Co (Australia) Pty Ltd on Nissan D23 Navara and R52 Pathfinder Series 1 Models fitted with a genuine Nissan accessory nudge bar.  The notice states that ‘due to insufficient bolt torque, the nudge bar roll  hoop fixing bolts may come loose causing the roll hoop to rattle and in rare instances, may detach from the vehicle’.  This may cause a hazard.  ‘If the bolted connections become detached or the components fail, the nudge bar may detach from the vehicle, posing an accident risk to the vehicle occupants and other road users.’  For further information, go to https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/nissan-motor-co-australia-pty-ltd-nissan-d23-navara-r52-pathfinder-series-1-models

ACCC Product Safety Australia – 2011-2014 (WK) Jeep Grand Cherokee Recall

A recall has been issued for 2011-2014 (WK) Jeep Grand Cherokees stating that ‘the brake booster water shield may have been incorrectly installed during completion of Safety Recall P14.  All vehicles previously involved in Safety Recall P14 have been transferred to Safety Recall T59 and all repairs are now to be performed according to Safety Recall T59.  For customers who have not had recall campaign number P14 performed on their vehicles, this campaign T59 replaces P14 on those vehicles.’  The hazard is listed as ‘limited braking ability can increase the risk of a crash and/or injury to vehicle occupants.’

For further information and to see if your vehicle is affected, go to https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/fca-australia-pty-ltd-2011-2014-wk-jeep-grand-cherokee

ACCC Product Safety Australia – Mazda BT-50 Recall 

There is a recall for Mazda BT-50 (UR) with manual transmission which were available for sale between 14 July 2015 and 2 February 2016.  The recall states that the ‘gearshift cable retaining clip may not be fully engaged, which could lead to the gearshift cables moving out of position and contacting the propeller shaft’  and that ‘continued contact between the gearshift cables and the propeller shaft could cause damage to both, which may result in difficulty changing gears or loss of drive.  This may pose an accident risk to the vehicle occupants and other road users.

To see if your vehicle is affected by the recall and for further information, go to https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/mazda-australia-pty-ltd-mazda-bt-50-2

ACCC Product Safety Australia Recall Notification – Ford Ranger

There has been a recall on certain Ford Rangers fitted with a manual transmission and built from 5 June 2015 through to 12 February 2016.   The recall states that the gearshift cable retaining clip may not be securely fastened, which could lead to the gearshift cables making contact with the rear driveshaft.  The hazard is stated as ‘continued contact between the gearshift cables and driveshaft can damage both components.  This could result in difficulty changing gears and/or loss of drive, posing an accident hazard.  At the time of release there have been no reported failures of the affected parts in Australia.’

To see if your vehicle VIN is listed and for further information, go to https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/ford-motor-company-of-australia-limited-ford-ranger