Vehicle Safety Recalls: September 2017

These are the vehicles, parts or accessories recalled by manufacturers for a safety reason during July 2017.

You can check for vehicle, part or accessory recalls or find out more about vehicle recalls and faults by CLICKING HERE.

DVSA ref  no Make  & model Issue
R/2017/144 Mitsubishi: iMiEV Vehicle may roll backwards
R/2017/147 Mercedes-Benz: S-Class, C-Class, GLC, E-Class Coupe Left front seat belt pre-tensioner may not meet specification, meaning the seatbelt lock function may not work
R/2017/155 Mercedes-Benz Truck: Unimog Battery line has not been routed correctly, which could produce a short circuit, resulting in engine failure or fire
R/2017/169 Vauxhall: Adam Sunroof glass may detach
R/2017/211 Mercedes-Benz Truck: Actros, Arocs Offside front spring(s) retaining bolts may not be tightened to specification which may affect steering
R/2017/213 Mercedes-Benz Truck: Actros, Antos, Arocs Steering shaft may not be to specification 
R/2017/214 Mercedes-Benz: E-Class & S-Class with AMG Engines Oil leak from turbocharger feed pipe
R/2017/219 Mercedes-Benz Truck: Actros, Antos, Econic Steering shaft may not be to specification 
R/2017/221 Mitsubishi: Fuso Canter Fuel may leak
R/2017/233 Mercedes-Benz: S-Class Some occupant safety systems, such as automatically unlocking doors, may malfunction in the event of a collision
R/2017/234 Toyota: Hilux Wrong driver airbag inflator is fitted
R/2017/244 BMW: Various high-end models Front seat fixing mechanism may be insecure
R/2017/245 Mercedes-Benz: Smart ForTwo, Smart ForFour Front seat fixing mechanism may be insecure
R/2017/254 SsangYong: Rodius, Turismo Front lower ball joint may fail, which could affect steering and cause wheel failure
R/2017/262 Citroen: Spacetourer, Dispatch IV Starter motor supply wiring harness may become damaged 
RCOMP/2017/009 Renthal: Clip-on Handlecars Handlebars may become loose / insecure
RM/2017/026 Honda: CRF450R Gearbox may fail
RM/2017/027 Lexmoto: Hawk, Falcon Brakes may fail
RSPV/2017/011 Polaris: Scrambler 1000 Throttle may stick
RSPV/2017/012 Kawasaki: KVF300CC, KVF300CD, KVF300CF, KVF300CG, KVF300CH Fuel may leak from fuel tap when operated
RSPV/2017/013 Kawasaki: KVF300CF, KVF300CG, KVF300CH Carburettor float may stick causing a fuel leak

Midwest strikes deal with league one club Walsall FC

West Midlands based automotive parts distributor, Midwest Motor Factors, is sponsoring Sky Bet league one football team, Walsall FC for the 2017/18 season.

Midwest will have branding throughout the Saddlers 11,000 capacity stadium and will be following the team’s progress throughout the season.

Craig McCracken with Tyler Roberts outside Walsall FC’s Bescot Stadium

The parts distributor is also player sponsor of new signing Tyler Roberts, on loan from premier league club West Bromwich Albion until January. Roberts, a Welsh U21 international, scored on his debut in a stunning fightback to come from three goals down and rescue a point in a thriller against Bradford.

Midwest Motor Factors is a strong supporter of local clubs and charities in the West Midlands. The parts distributor sponsors Bilston Town FC, Wolverhampton speedway team and makes regular donations to local schools and the West Midlands air Ambulance.

Craig McCracken, group factor manager, said: “Walsall FC is a family-orientated but incredibly professional club and we’re delighted to be a leading sponsor for the 2017/18 season. Our customers have already seen a six-goal thriller in our first sponsored match and we look forward to an exciting season ahead.”

Walsall FC chief executive, Stefan Gamble, said: “We are delighted to have secured the support of local automotive business Midwest Motor Factors for the coming season. The company’s strong links with the community mirrors our own and this, coupled with their innovative ideas, makes for an exciting partnership in the months ahead.”

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Employment Law Update

ACAS Guidance on Parents With Ill Or Premature Babies

Our colleagues at Xecutive Search have drawn attention to new advice which has recently been published to help employers support employees who have given birth to premature or ill babies.

ACAS advice for employers includes:

  • Being compassionate and sensitive in all communication;
  • Being discrete – ask parents what they would like to tell their colleagues about their situation;
  • Making employees aware of statutory entitlements to leave, such as shared parental leave; and
  • Trying to be flexible in giving time off when parents return to work as the baby may have follow up appointments or treatment.

Business Minister Margot James said: “Working parents deserve support at work, and those who have premature babies should expect nothing less than total backing from their employers at what can be an exceptionally difficult and worrying time.”

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ZF provides insight into automatic transmission, electric vehicles and steering calibration at AutoInform Live

Visitors to this year’s AutoInform Live can boost their knowledge of vehicles equipped with high voltage systems and automatic transmissions, as well as gaining a greater understanding of steering geometry calibration.

Held at the GTG Academy in Wolverhampton, on 25 and 26 November, the weekend event provides technicians with crucial hands-on diagnostic training and seminars, with the aim of arming them with the latest repair techniques and alerting them to new technologies, equipment and products available in the automotive aftermarket.

This year’s AutoInform Live has been separated into three groups, designed to streamline and improve the experience for the event’s growing number of visitors.

ZF Aftermarket will be providing a snapshot into its IMI-accreditted courses on these topics during three 90-minute interactive workshops at the event, which takes place at the GTG Training Academy, Wolverhampton, on the 25th and 26th November 2017. AutoInform is the UK’s only independent garage trade event, powered by the Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA), of which ZF is a member. This is the fourth consecutive year that ZF Aftermarket
has supported AutoInform.

With an increasing number of vehicle manufacturers placing electrification at the core of their businesses, independent garages will need to equip technicians to work safely on these vehicles. ZF Services’ [pro]Tech course on high voltage safety focuses on the importance of correct connection and electric vehicle security, together with bonding straps and why Ohms law is so important.

ZF Aftermarket will also being using AutoInform Live to help technicians understand how to accurately set up steering geometry, and complete tasks that sophisticated geometry machines cannot cater for. Incorrectly adjusted steering geometry causes accelerated tyre wear and can affect vehicle stability. Using the BMW 5 series as an example, ZF will demonstrate how to rectify such issues.

The event features a Gala Dinner evening at the Molineux suite with an opportunity to network with like-minded people.

A single day ticket will cost £99 + VAT, while a full weekend pass is available from £195 + VAT.

Those interested are advised to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

For more information on AutoInform, CLICK HERE.

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Autosupplies Chesterfield Ltd acquires Butlers Automotive of Barnsley

Autosupplies Chesterfield Ltd has acquired Barnsley based motor factor Butlers Automotive with immediate effect.

The acquisition is the first of its kind for Autosupplies, having grown its head office and Bolsover branch to be one of the largest single branch motor factors in the UK, occupying a 40,000sqft site and employing more than 90 members of staff and managing a fleet of more than 50 delivery vehicles.

Butlers Automotive has been trading in Barnsley for more than 40 years, but in the past year has suffered setbacks with the tragic loss of both its owners Philip and Nicollette Parkin.

Tony Porter, Butlers Automotive director, said: “To ensure the business continues to move forward, it needs to be under the stewardship of a vibrant business that understands the values of Butlers Automotive and that of its customers. We are delighted that family run business Autosupplies Chesterfield Ltd will be taking the business forward.”

David Clarke, Autosupplies managing director, said: “Firstly, I would like to pay tribute to Tony and the staff at Butlers Automotive for their professionalism and courage during a very difficult period.

“We are delighted to have secured Butlers Automotive’s future and can’t wait to get started. The name Butlers Automotive is highly regarded in Barnsley for its customer service and it is a name and brand that we are determined to grow. The business is founded on traditional values and this, coupled with the backing of the UK’s largest single branch motor factor in Autosupplies, means an exciting future ahead.”

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Nissan recalls 1.2M vehicles

Nissan Motor Co Ltd has recalled all 1.2m new passenger cars it sold in Japan over the past three years, after discovering final vehicle inspections were not performed by authorised technicians.

Reuters reports Nissan, Japan’s second-biggest carmaker, said it would recall 1.21m passenger vehicles produced for the domestic market between October 2014 and September 2017, including top sellers the Serena minivan and the Note compact hatchback.

It added all recalled vehicles would undergo re-inspections for final checks on issues including steering radius and braking and acceleration capabilities, at a cost of around £169m.

‘We must take the registration framework and procedures seriously, regardless of how busy we may be or how short-staffed we may be,’ said CEO Hiroto Saikawa, ‘we apologise for the inconvenience caused to our customers.’

Passenger car sales in Japan account for roughly 10% of Nissan’s global sales.

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CAT Awards 2018 launched

The latest issue of CAT magazine has announced the launch of the CAT Awards for 2018.

Once again, attendees at the event will be rubbing shoulders with footballers and stars of the small screen in the Lowry Hotel.

Nominations are now being soughts, so, to nominate individuals or companies worthy of recognition, email your suggestions to cat.awards@haymarket.com.

The full list of categories can be found by CLICKING HERE.

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Automechanika Birmingham – Announcing superb new networking initiatives

Automechanika Birmingham now offers a NEW facilitated meetings programme, where visitors will be able to match their needs with the products & services of exhibiting companies. For exhibitors, will offer an opportunity to increase quality business conversations, negotiations and contracts with motor factors, distributors, retailers, workshops, OEMs, tier 1 & 2 manufacturers.

This is just one of a raft of initiatives to attract senior professionals being rolled out for Automechanika Birmingham 2018, click here to find out more.

Automechanika Birmingham already has over 300 exhibitors signed up.

To find out more about exhibiting, visit the website www.automechanika-birmingham.com, email info@automechanika-birmingham.com or 01483 483984.

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Market data now available in Ireland

Having been expanding their services in the UK for a decade, GiPA has decided to cross the Irish sea and bring their well-established driver survey to the Republic of Ireland.

Analysing the Irish car parc and its characteristics, driver behaviour, workshop entries, and local player market shares, GiPA can now support business activities in Ireland.

Quentin Le Hetet of GiPA UK

As part of this package, clients will receive:

  • Driver survey (1,000 drivers) report
  • Marketing cards: Air conditioning, battery, brake parts, filters, lighting, oil change, plugs, tyres, and more….
  • Add-ons: Lubricant & tyre market brand awareness

For more information about the GiPA Irish drivers survey, available from November 2017, please contact GiPA directly via email (qlehetet@gipa.eu) or by phone(020 361 72180).

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Over two thirds of training sessions on offer at Autoinform Live 2017 are new

Held at the GTG Academy in Wolverhampton, on 25 and 26 November, the weekend event provides technicians with crucial hands-on diagnostic training and seminars, with the aim of arming them with the latest repair techniques and alerting them to new technologies, equipment and products available in the automotive aftermarket.

This year’s Autoinform Live has been separated into three groups, designed to streamline and improve the experience for the event’s growing number of visitors.

Schaeffler at the 2016 event

Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket (UK)’s team of REPXPERTs will be hosting IMI-approved dry double clutch system training courses throughout the weekend. The REPXPERTs will then hold a forum to show and discuss the differences between VAG, Ford, Renault and Fiat systems.

Schaeffler is urging visitors to sign-up early and express interest in an IMI-certificated assessment during the event. Technical services manager, Malcolm Short, said: “There are 21 training sessions this year with nearly two thirds of those being new subjects, which makes it the best value automotive training money can buy.

There will also be a Gala Dinner evening at the Molineux suite with an opportunity to network with like-minded people.

A single day ticket will cost £99 + VAT, while a full weekend pass is available from £195 + VAT.

Interested individuals are advised to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

CLICK HERE for further information.

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