Canter recall over seatbelt problem

More than 1,200 Euro 5 Fuso Canters called in over a potential seatbelt problem involving rivets

Canter recall over seatbelt problem
Canter seatbelt a concern


Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific is recalling many late-model Fuso Canter trucks because of potentially faulty seatbelts.

The company says there is the "remote possibility" that the seatbelts may not work to restrain occupants in a collision.

More than 1,200 Euro 5 Canters available for sale in Australia between July 5, 2011 and April 26, 2013 are the target of the Product Recalls Australia notice.

"Due to a production error, the rivets fitted to affected seatbelt pre-tensioners were installed with excessive force," the notice says.

"As a result, an affected rivet may become loose and pull out and the pawl (locking lever) may drop out of position.

"In such cases, the loose rivets may allow an audible sound to be heard from the seatbelt. As a consequence, there is the remote possibility that in seatbelts where the pawl (locking lever) drops out of position, their seatbelts may not lock appropriately.

"In the event an affected vehicle is involved in a collision, the seatbelt/s will not restrain the occupant/s and as a result they may be injured."

The notice says a letter will be sent to owners of affected vehicles.

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