Investment in ute redesign pays off

14 November, 2016

Leading independent vehicle safety advocate the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has announced a maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating for the upgraded Toyota Landcruiser 70 single-cab chassis.

Toyota Australia expands Takata airbag recall

07 November, 2016

Toyota Australia has recalled an additional 179,710 vehicles as part of its Takata airbag safety campaign. The company said that three vehicle models are involved — Avensis Verso, Corolla and Yaris. The affected vehicles have build dates ranging between March 2007 and December 2011.

FG II Ford Falcon utility vehicle safety issue

20 October, 2016

Owners of Ford Falcon FGII utility vehicles are advised that issues with the vehicle's rear axle housing mean that the weld may crack and cause an oil leak.

Volvo and Uber join forces

27 September, 2016

Uber and Volvo Cars are joining forces to develop next-generation autonomous driving cars, according to a report from the National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP).

2016 Fleet Award winners

19 September, 2016

The winners of the 2016 Fleet Safety Awards have been announced.

Mercedes-Benz Vito van fuel line issues

19 September, 2016

The Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development is the appointed regulator for a recall of the Mercedes-Benz Vito van, sold nationally by authorised Mercedes-Benz dealers between 1 July 2014 and 31 March 2016.

Holden Colorado scores five stars for safety

12 September, 2016

The latest round of ANCAP testing has seen five stars for safety awarded to the Holden Colorado utility vehicle. It scored an overall total of 34.89 out of 37. This score reduces by one point for Single Cab and Space Cab variants, although they do retain the 5-star rating.

Car jacks fail on standards requirement

05 September, 2016

Racer Australia advises that its vehicle screw jack product sold between November 2015 and March 2016 does not comply with labelling or instruction requirements in the mandatory standard for vehicle jacks, which is based on AS/NZS 2693:2007, because the prescribed safety information and warnings were not included on the packaging or the product itself.

AAA commits where government won't

02 September, 2016

The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) is taking matters into its own hands with respect to emissions test cheating. The association said that the Volkswagen Group (VW) needs to explain why Australian customers are less important than those in the USA and is calling on the Australian Government to commit to real-world emissions testing of new vehicles.

LED tail-lights — why take the risk?

25 August, 2016

If you wouldn't mess with your computer motherboard, why would you consider adding LED tail-lights to a new light commercial vehicle?

Safety alert Ford MY14–15, F250-350 trucks

24 August, 2016

A safety alert has been issued on Ford MY14 and MY15 F250 and F350 trucks fitted with a specific steering box (specific steering box Performax Part Number 1000283-1). Through normal wear and tear, some vehicles may develop a condition in which contact between the steering knuckle and the steering stop occurs.

Digital innovation in the commercial vehicle industry

18 August, 2016

The 66th IAA Commercial Vehicles event, being held in Hannover from 22–29 September, promises a firm focus on the megatrends of the future: digitisation and electric mobility.

Tradesman canopy recall

12 August, 2016

The ACCC has announced a product recall on the Nissan D23 Navara Genuine Tradesman Canopy, saying that placement of window stoppers on the side and rear lift windows may cause the window to be out of alignment. This issue may cause the safety glass to shatter while opening or closing and therefore may pose an injury hazard.

Caltex vows to keep Australia moving

04 August, 2016

The reliability of fuel supply across Victoria will be enhanced following the announcement that Australia's only locally owned and listed fuel company, Caltex Australia, will expand the capacity of the state's second-busiest fuel terminal.

Cars top product recall listings for 2015–16

03 August, 2016

It will come as no surprise to readers of Field Service Business that cars have officially become the most recalled product type in Australia. Barely a week goes by when we don't report on a vehicle recall of some kind.

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