Japan's top four in 3.4m recall

2013-04-11 12:54

TOKYO, Japan - Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda are recalling a total of 3.4-million vehicles globally due to defective air bags supplied by Takata Corporation.

The recall, the biggest since Toyota recalled more than seven million units in 2012, underscores the risk of huge global supply chain problems as automakers increasingly rely on a handful of suppliers for common or similar parts to cut costs.


Toyota is recalling about 1.73-million vehicles produced between November 2000 and March 2004, including 580 000 in the USA and 490 000 in Europe. There are no specific numbers yet for South Africa.

Toyota reports that passenger air bags may not inflate correctly due to an issue with the propellant used. There was a risk of fire or passengers being injured because of the flawed inflators.

Takata spokesman Hideyuki Matsumoto said the defect was caused by problems in the manufacturing process.The Japanese company supplies air bags and seat belts to major automakers, including Daimler and Ford.

No injuries or deaths have been reported as a result of the faulty air bags.

Toyota will replace faulty inflators, a fix expected to take one to two-and-a-half hours for most models.


Kohei Takahashi, an auto analyst at JP Morgan in Japan, said: "The inflators themselves are not so expensive but there is the cost to cover for the hours spent to fix the problem."

Honda said it is recalling around 1.14-million vehicles, Nissan about 480 000 and Mazda 45 500 vehicles.

Takata spokesman Hideyuki Matsumoto said the company estimated there were about two million vehicles using the defective airbag.


  • Astro Kam's - 2013-04-11 13:30

    2000-2004 models? out of warranty, out of maintenance plan... hope they will do it for free. who is going to pay for a new air bag on a 13 years old car?

      Freddie Jones - 2013-04-11 17:06

      Warranty doesn't matter. These are dangerous cars and should be fixed by the manufacturers. In South Africa, with our terrible record of consumers rights, there may be an effort to wriggle out of responsibility. If this happens, the Government or one of its agencies, should jump on the manufactures and say,' fix them or loose your licence to import cars'. South African consumers are wimps and fail to stand up to retailers.

      Thando Gqabaza - 2013-04-11 18:04

      Recall means that they will do it for free. Also , its nice to see some manufacturers care about peoples safety even though the cars are 10 years old. Some manufacturers stop caring the moment you drive out the showroom

  • Marius Roodt - 2013-04-11 13:55

    No stress.... All the south African models have been crash tested already....

  • King Jack - 2013-04-11 15:02


  • ayo.mkize - 2013-04-12 08:37

    Good thing the Lexus SC430 was not high volume seller in the SA so only 10 of those in the country.

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