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Takata airbag recall spreads
More Toyota, Nissan, Honda models caught up in expanding Takata airbag fault
14 May 2015
UPDATED: 19/05/2015AT LEAST 392,000 additional Japanese vehicles are being called into Australian dealerships to have a potentially fatal problem corrected, as the Takata Corporation faulty airbag recall spreads.
Approximately 31 million vehicles have now been drawn into the worldwide safety recall, which replaces incorrectly assembled front airbag modules that can potentially injure occupants when fired.
In the most recent announcement, Toyota is reporting 181,000 vehicles including Corolla, Yaris, Avensis Verso and RAV4 models built between 2003 and 2007 may be effected. See below table for detailsHonda is reporting 109,551 of its vehicles are also being recalled, affecting Accord Euro models built between 2004 and 2007, 2002 to 2008 CR-Vs, Civics made between 2004 and 2005, and some Jazz models built between 2004 and 2009.
Nissan has also confirmed about 102,000 of its vehicles built between 2004 and 2007 are affected by the latest round of recalls, but is unable to specify exact models at this early stage. The company will be issuing a list as soon as it is available.
Details of any recall issued in Australia, including the most recent information regarding the airbag fault, can be found at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) website.
No incidents relating to the defective components have been reported in Australia.
In initial statements Nissan and Toyota are inviting customers with any immediate concerns to contact their respective recall helplines, but all affected owners will be contacted by mail.
The issue surfaced in 2008 when several people were killed in separate United States incidents when the faulty module exploded, spraying shrapnel through the interior.
An incorrect assembly process failed to adequately seal the module casing, which allowed moisture to ingress over time, destabilising the propellant.
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