Almost 20,000 Volkswagen Amarok utes have been recalled nationwide due to a fault in the spare tyre winch.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission issued the recall on Thursday.
According to the recall notice, 19,936 Amarok vehicles made from 2015 – 2018 have been affected.
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The utes were available for sale from 1 August 2016 – 1 March 2019.
“The cable for the spare wheel winch can be weakened and snap when used under certain conditions (extreme dirt/dust exposure)” the recall notice said.
“The spare wheel will then only be secured by the secondary securing strap.”
The ACCC said that if the spare wheel detaches, this may result in an “accident and injury or death to other road users.”
Affected car-owners will be contacted directly by Volkswagen to organise an inspection and repair, free of charge.
More information on this recall can be found here.