Thousands of luxury cars recalled

MATT CAMPBELL
Last updated 14:04 12/12/2012

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Luxury car makers Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar have all been forced into embarrassing recalls this week.

Jaguar has announced a recall for all 2010-2012 XF 5.0-litre V8 models over a potential fire risk. The recall involves a fuel tank flange that may crack, which could lead to a fuel leak and possible fire risk.

A total of 63 XF 5.0-litre cars are affected. A letter will be sent to all owners affected, and the company will replace the defective item at no cost.

Just two months ago, Jaguar announced it was replacing the regular V8 XF models with a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine.

Mercedes-Benz has announced a recall for its recently-released ML-Class SUV model over a potential accelerator pedal problem which could cause the car to gain speed beyond the driver's control.

The recall notice states that in some cases, the ML's accelerator pedal may come into contact with the floor mat, which may in turn stop the driver from being able to slow the vehicle.

It is a similar problem to that which caused mass recalls for Toyota in 2009.

Mercedes-Benz is offering a free fix to all 2159 affected owners of the new ML-Class, and owners are being advised to contact their dealership as soon as possible for an inspection.

Meanwhile, Porsche has announced a recall for its $500,000 race-inspired 911 GT3 model because the wheels may detach from the car.

Cars with the single wheel-lock hub produced between February 2009 and April 2010 are affected by the recall. The wheel hubs and wheel bearings on the rear axle may break, which could cause the driver to lose control of the car.

Porsche is sending a letter to all affected owners advising them to contact their local dealership for an assessment and any required parts replacement.

-Fairfax News Australia

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