Ford F-150 RHD Conversion Program Faces New Challenges; Audi e-tron GT EV Recalled for Battery Issue

The locally remanufactured 2024 Ford F-150 has encountered another hurdle in its right-hand drive (RHD) conversion program. Ford Australia is recalling a small group of RHD pickup trucks to address an issue related to the driver’s airbag. The clock spring electrical connection between the steering wheel airbag, horn, and electrical systems may not have been welded to specification, posing a potential risk of failure. In such cases, the driver may experience a loss of steering wheel illumination, non-functioning control switches, inoperative horn, and an illuminated airbag warning light. Ford acknowledges that if the airbag fails to deploy in an accident, it could increase the risk of injury or death to vehicle occupants. The affected vehicles will be rectified before delivery, and owners who have already received their vehicles will be notified in writing.

Additionally, nine RHD F-150 pickups converted by RMA Automotive on behalf of Ford Australia are impacted by this recall, which is separate from the recent steering-related recall affecting 443 vehicles. The steering intermediate shaft separation issue can result in a loss of control. However, Ford Australia assures that most affected vehicles have already been inspected and cleared of any issues.

In another development, Audi Australia is recalling 222 units of the Audi e-tron GT electric car due to a manufacturing issue involving the high-voltage battery housing. Over time, the sealing of the housing may deteriorate, allowing moisture to enter and potentially cause an electrical short circuit that could lead to a vehicle fire. Audi emphasizes that a vehicle fire could endanger occupants, other road users, and property. Audi Australia will contact owners of the affected vehicles to arrange the necessary repairs at authorized dealerships free of charge.

To determine if their vehicle is included in the recalls, owners can consult the VIN list attached to the official recall notices. It is essential for vehicle safety that owners take prompt action and cooperate with the manufacturers to resolve these issues efficiently.

FAQ Section:

Q: What is the reason for the recall of the locally remanufactured 2024 Ford F-150 RHD pickup trucks?
A: The recall is due to an issue related to the driver’s airbag. The clock spring electrical connection between the steering wheel airbag, horn, and electrical systems may not have been welded to specification, posing a potential risk of failure.

Q: What problems could arise if the airbag fails to deploy in an accident?
A: If the airbag fails to deploy, it could increase the risk of injury or death to vehicle occupants. Additionally, the driver may experience a loss of steering wheel illumination, non-functioning control switches, inoperative horn, and an illuminated airbag warning light.

Q: How will the affected vehicles be rectified?
A: The affected vehicles will be rectified before delivery. Owners who have already received their vehicles will be notified in writing.

Q: How many RHD F-150 pickups converted by RMA Automotive are impacted by this recall?
A: Nine RHD F-150 pickups converted by RMA Automotive on behalf of Ford Australia are impacted by this recall, which is separate from the recent steering-related recall affecting 443 vehicles.

Q: What is the issue with the steering intermediate shaft of the affected vehicles?
A: The steering intermediate shaft separation issue can result in a loss of control.

Q: Have the majority of the affected vehicles been inspected and cleared of any issues?
A: Ford Australia assures that most affected vehicles have already been inspected and cleared of any issues related to the steering intermediate shaft separation.

Q: Why is Audi Australia recalling the Audi e-tron GT electric car?
A: Audi Australia is recalling the Audi e-tron GT electric car due to a manufacturing issue involving the high-voltage battery housing. Over time, the sealing of the housing may deteriorate, allowing moisture to enter and potentially cause an electrical short circuit that could lead to a vehicle fire.

Q: What are the potential risks associated with a vehicle fire?
A: A vehicle fire could endanger occupants, other road users, and property.

Definitions:

– Clock spring: A mechanism that enables an electrical connection to be maintained while allowing a rotating object, such as the steering wheel, to move freely.

– VIN: Vehicle Identification Number, a unique code assigned to individual vehicles for identification purposes.

Suggested Related Links:
Ford (Official website of Ford)
Audi (Official website of Audi)