Issues involving the fuel filter and clutch have resulted in the recall of Hino’s 300 Series and 300 Series Hybrid vehicles.
The 300 automatic models have two main clutch issues that may result in them being immobilized.
A notice sent out by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) explained that the grommets that are used to seal water aren’t functioning correctly and may allow rainwater to go into the actuating engines.
“This may hinder the smooth movement of the brushings causing the warning light to come on, and in the worst case scenario, the brushings may become stuck and the clutch may become inoperable.” says the ACCC
The notice explains that, in addition to the water sealing grommets, if the vehicle engine is used too frequently, the actuator brushing may deteriorate prematurely as a result of poor software design.
“This may cause the warning light to come on, and if continued to be used without reprogramming, the clutch may become inoperable.”
The ACCC has released a separate notice for problems with the fuel filter in the non-hybrid models of the 300 series. The notice explains that if the engine is used too frequently, it is possible that the fuel filter in the engine could crack. This is a result of the fuel filter not being durable enough to withstand the fluctuating changes in fuel pressure. If this issue is not resolved, the crack could worsen and result in a fuel leakage.
Vehicle owners receiving these notices are being asked to bring their vehicles to Hino dealerships for reparations.