SCANIA BUSES IN CABLE-FAULT RECALL

Photography by: Fabian Cotter


HEAT-SHRINK trimming may be needed on some Scania bus cable harnesses if it’s found to be in contact with mounting surfaces, the company confirms, after the ACCC issued a recall notice for MY2018-2020 models, recently.

SCANIA BUSES IN CABLE-FAULT RECALL
“A large proportion of vehicles are yet to be delivered and the customers have been notified by mail,” Scania Australia confirmed.

According to the notice, there are 472 affected vehicles, specifically of model designation: K 310 IB4x2NB; K 310 UB4x2LB; K 320 IB4x2NB; K 320 UB4x2LB; K 360 EB4x2NI; K 360 IB4x2NB; K 360 UA6x2/2LB; K 410 EB6x2*4NI; K 410 IB6x2NB; K 440 EB6x2*4NI; K 450 EB6x2*4NI; K 450 IB6x2*4NB; K 490 EB4x2NI; and K 490 EB6x2*4NI, manufactured between 2018 and 2020, with dates available for sale 1 February, 2019 - 16 April, 2020.

THE ISSUE

These buses may have an incorrectly manufactured cable harness connected to the circuit board, which may cause electrical joints to overheat, thus potentially causing a fire, states the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The hazard is if a fire occurs there is a risk of an accident or injury to vehicle occupants, other road users and property, it explains.

When ABC magazine contacted Scania Australia recently a spokesperson clarified: "The power cable to the main electrical board may have some excessive heat shrink over the cable lug that needs trimming off if found to be in contact with the mounting surface."

"A large proportion of vehicles are yet to be delivered and the customers have been notified by mail," they confirmed.

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NEXT STEPS

Scania Australia will contact all affected consumers, who are advised to contact their Scania dealer or branch to make an appointment to have the repairs completed, free of charge, the ACCC confirms.

For any further information, owners should contact Scania Australia directly on (03) 9217 3300, or via https://www.scania.com/au/en/home/experience-scania/about-us/contact-us

The responsible regulator for this recall is the federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

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