Isuzu Ute Australia could face a class-action lawsuit for historical faults – such as cracked underbody structures and faulty diesel filters – on vehicles sold five years ago.
2017 Isuzu D-Max
Approximately 90,000 examples of the Isuzu D-Max ute and MU-X four-wheel drive wagon sold in Australia from 2017 to 2019 are the focus of a potential class-action lawsuit, following reports of structural underbody cracks and faulty diesel filters.
Legal firm Bannister Law is canvassing current owners – and former owners – of the previous generation Isuzu MU-X and D-Max, whose vehicles may have developed structural cracks in the engine bay.
Drive understands more than 100 Isuzu vehicles were known to have developed cracks in the engine compartment and required costly repairs. The law firm says it also wants to hear from Isuzu owners who have experienced clogged diesel particulate filters.
According to the law firm, cracks in structural areas of the engine bay were often associated with the fitment of bull bars, on vehicles driven on corrugated roads.
A statement from Bannister Law says: “The cracking issue might be recurring after the crack has been fixed once. Cracks may show up within an engine bay (on the) inner guards such as near the VIN plate or suspension towers.”
The second concern is related to Isuzu diesel particulate filters (DPF), which are part of the exhaust system.
“DPF issues can be seen in several vehicle makes and models of diesel cars. We have also received reports that the DPF in certain Isuzu D-Max vehicles were not working properly and (the DPF) needed to be replaced, and that the replacement of the DPF cost $ 8770,” the law firm said.
2017 Isuzu D-Max
Bannister Law is appealing to owners of affected Isuzu vehicles who may be experiencing these faults, to register their details with the legal firm – and share information about their ownership experience.
Charles Bannister – Principal at Bannister law – told Drive defective particulate filters are a concern for owners and the environment.
“Consumers have statutory guarantees that products should be fit for their purpose, of merchantable quality (free from major defects) and safe,” said Mr Bannister.
“Diesel particulate filters (DPFs) that aren’t working correctly can cause other components to fail prematurely and have the potential to increase fuel consumption and engine damage.”
Bannister Law has previously initiated class action court cases against Toyota, Ford and Volkswagen.
The law firm also acted and run until settlement class actions against Volkswagen and Audi vehicles, regarding emissions defeat device allegations.
A spokesperson from Isuzu Ute Australia told Drive in a statement: “Isuzu UTE Australia has not been approached regarding any potential class action lawsuits. “
“We are not in a position to comment further on that, however if a customer has any concerns we encourage them to contact either their local dealer or Isuzu UTE Customer Relations as soon as possible.”
Sam Purcell has been writing about cars, four-wheel driving and camping since 2013, and obsessed with anything that goes brum-brum longer than he can remember. Sam joined the team at CarAdvice/Drive as the off-road Editor in 2018, after cutting his teeth at Unsealed 4X4 and Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures.