Owners of 600 high-risk vehicles will receive letters from the state road authority in coming days. A statement issued by Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says if his department does not receive a response to these letters, it will issue a defect notice. The airbags in question can rupture when triggered, spraying vehicle occupants with deadly shrapnel. Shrapnel from a faulty Takata airbag in the US. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFPSource:Supplied “We hope vehicle owners will respond immediately and we won’t need to cancel registrations, but the safety of motorists is our priority,” he says. RACQ spokeswoman Renee Smith says owners “can’t afford to put this off any longer”. “You’re not only putting your own life at risk, but also the lives of your passengers,” she says. The news comes a week after the ACCC reported two recent suspected Takata airbag failures in Australia, including one that may have resulted … [Read more...] about Defect notices coming for Takata airbags in Queensland
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Ford has issued a recall for more than 550,000 SUVs and trucks, including the F-150, Explorer, and Expedition, because the seatbacks in the vehicles might not properly restrain people if the if there’s a crash. The recall affects 10 different Ford models, specifically: 2018-20 Ford F-150 2019-20 Ford F-series Super Duty 2018-19 Ford Explorer 2019-20 Ford Expedition with a manual driver and/or front passenger seat-back recliner mechanism 2020 Ford Explorer 2020 Lincoln Aviator While Ford says that it doesn’t know of any injuries caused because of the issue, the concern is that the trucks might not have a third pawl for seat strength, due to an improperly-assembled recliner mechanism. The company said a faulty mechanism might not properly restrain an occupant in a crash, which increases the risk of injury when operating the vehicle. The issue impacts 483,325 vehicles in the United States and federal territories, 58,712 in Canada, and 8,149 in Mexico, the company said. … [Read more...] about Ford recalls 550,000 trucks and SUVs, including F-150, Expedition, and Explorer
It could also get tubular doors that might have airbags. We reported on a Ford patent application in March 2019 that was directly for removable doors. No specific vehicle name was mentioned, but the sketches in the filing were suspiciously reminiscent of the previous-generation Ford Bronco that disappeared in 1996. Widely circulated rumors have said the Bronco’s triumphant return will include a removable door feature, and since it’s slated to compete with the Jeep Wrangler, there’s strong evidence to suggest the rumor is true. Today we have additional supporting evidence in the form of another patent application from Ford, and it’s certainly interesting. The Bronco Is Coming: Ford Files Trademark For Bronco Outer Banks, Bronco Big Bend Ford Bronco Pickup Allegedly Coming To Take On Jeep Gladiator ⠀ Ford Bronco Raptor Reportedly Happening, Could Get V8 Power ⠀ Ford Bronco Test Vehicle Caught On Video Up Close In … [Read more...] about Ford Airbag Patent Filing Points To Bronco Getting Removable Doors
That's some retro wide-open driving experience right there. As early as today, we think the Ford Bronco will be the most talked-about comeback of 2020. The return of the off-roading SUV has been in the news ever since it was confirmed, and it's easy to see why. Out of all the news about the Bronco, patent applications reveal a lot, albeit, should be taken with boat loads of salt. Ford Teases Bronco With Baja Racer: ⠀ Ford Bronco Teased With Debut Of Bronco R Baja Racer One of the recently discovered patents that can be linked to the Ford Bronco is this – removable roll cages. Spotted by AutoGuide's All Ford Mustangs, the patent application suggests that the Ford Bronco might come with a removable roll cage for a 1960's off-road driving experience.Based on the images included in the patent application, the B- and C-pillars are bolted on the SUV's window line, which then should be easily removed. How about the seatbelts, you ask? … [Read more...] about Ford Bronco With Removable Roll Cage Suggested By Latest Patent
One can only hope the new Bronco will have removable doors and roof panels. The reborn Ford Bronco is already shaping up quite nicely. Earlier this week, it was reported that the company had given dealers more information about the revived SUV including a confirmation of two- and four-door versions with “a retro design.” Now, a new patent filing by Ford suggests the model could also receive removable doors and this matches earlier speculations from different sources close to the matter. Update: Ford Applies For Scout And Bronco Scout Trademarks In The U.S. Ford Preparing Escape Off-Road Version; Likely Baby Bronco ⠀ Ford Bronco Test Mule Spied Prowling The Streets Of Dearborn Ford Airbag Patent Filing Points To Bronco Getting Removable Doors First uncovered by MotorTrend, the patent drawings you see in the attached gallery below show a compact off-road vehicle which appears to be a two-door pickup with a bed cap rather than a rugged … [Read more...] about Is Ford’s Removable Door Patent Linked To The New Bronco?