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Wednesday, 24 October 1973
Page: 1389

Senator PRIMMER (VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Transport. Has the attention of the Government been drawn to the announcement by the Ford Motor Company of Australia Ltd that it is recalling 9,000 Falcon motor vehicles due to faulty engine mountings in a suspected 3,000 vehicles? In view of the fact that in isolated cases this fault has apparently resulted in engine movement and consequent breakdown, will the Government refer this matter to the relevant investigatory body for a report on safety aspects of the vehicles concerned?

Senator CAVANAGH - My attention has been drawn to the fact that the Ford Motor Co. recalled vehicles. Also, there was a similar recall of vehicles by the Toyota company last year because of defects in, I think, the radiator system. These defects caused radiator over-heating but fortunately none of them related to safety. Apparently the recall indicated that the company tries to create a good customer relationship. As the defects were not related to safety matters, they did not fall within the uniform code of practice for safety in relation to defects which was prepared by the Federal Council of Automotive Industries and endorsed by the Australian Transport Advisory Council. These matters are considered from time to time by the Councils and they are followed up. I do not think it can be accepted that the recall of the vehicles indicates that there is any defect affecting safety. Where a matter relates to safety, the Department of Transport and the Australian Transport Advisory Council keep it under consideration at all times.

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