JAPANESE auto giants Toyota and Nissan on Wednesday said they were recalling 6,5 million vehicles globally in the latest chapter of an exploding air-bag crisis linked to several deaths.
The world’s biggest automaker said its recall of five million vehicles affected 35 models globally produced between 2002 and 2007, while Nissan said it was calling back 1,56 million vehicles produced between 2004 and 2008. Both firms said there were no reports of deaths or injuries linked to their latest recall of cars containing faulty air bags made by embattled supplier Takata.
Models in South Africa
Locally, Toyota will call in to check the inflators of air bags in 224 006 vehicles in six models. These are the Corolla, Yaris and Run-X made between 2002 to 2007; and the the RAV4, Hilux and Fortuner made between 2003 and 2005.
Check on toyota.co.za or contact 080 013 9111 to check if your Toyota is affected. Have your vehicle’s VIN number at hand. Nissan South Africa told Wheels correspondent Gordon Hall that dealers will begin notifying owners of the Almera sedan, which was produced in the Rosslyn plant between 2004 and 2007, to bring the cars in to have the air-bag inflators tested.
The latest global recall comes after some 20 million vehicles produced by automakers also including General Motors and Honda were recalled because of the risk that their Takata-made air bags could improperly inflate and rupture, potentially firing deadly shrapnel at the occupants.
At least five deaths have been linked to the defect, with one in the U.S. initially investigated as a murder due to her grisly injuries. Takata has said the defect surfaces mainly in humid, hotter regions and resisted U.S. authorities’ call for a national recall of cars with its air bags.
Despite the global crisis, Takata’s top executives have stayed out of the public eye. Takata’s air bags are made in 20 countries. — WR-AFP