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2014-06-23 11:13

OVER 4000 COROLLAS AFFECTED: Toyota SA reports that 4349 Corollas are affected by its June 2014 recall. Image: MotorPress/Toyota SA/

In April and May 2013, vehicle parts supplier Takata became the subject of a massive vehicle industry shake-up as it was its airbags were defective .

Takata's customers, led by Honda and Toyota, recalled more than four-million vehicles due to the risk that defective air-bag inflators could blow apart and shoot metal shards into vehicle cabins in a crash.

More than a million Honda vehicles are the subject of a massive recall (June 2014) for Takata air-bags that are at risk of exploding and shooting shrapnel at passengers and drivers.

The total could grow further if Honda's rivals such as Nissan, Mazda and BMW also decide to fix more vehicles that were made in a two-year period when, Takata says, it botched production of air-bag inflators and lost related records.


On Monday (June 22 2014) Toyota announced it will recall vehicles affected including those sold in South Africa.

According to Toyota SA: "Only Corollas built from April 2002 - June 2003 are affected in South Africa. This equates to 4349 units locally.

"Toyota will call customers based on VIN numbers and try to track down current owners, since most of these cars would probably have been sold as second-hand, to come in to dealers. The process will take about an hour."

The automaker is currently also recalling the Verso for another issue, but South African units are not affected.

Toyota took the step of disabling passenger-side air bags after consulting with Japan's transport ministry, which approved the action.

Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons said: "We temporarily suspended the air bag function on vehicles in Japan until the parts become available because (the ministry) requires a remedy at the time of recall filing.

"We considered the lead time of remedy parts preparation and we prioritised the customer's safety."


On Monday (June 23 2014), Wheels24 reported that Honda were poised to recall more than a million vehicles affected by an upcoming recall for Takata air-bag equipped cars.

Honda confirms on Monday (June 23 2014) that it will recall more than two million vehicles due to an airbag defect that could pose a fire risk.

It said the recall affects about 2 033 000 vehicles, produced from August 2000 - December 2005, including over one million in the USA and 668 000 in Japan.

Automakers that have issued recalls:
Honda, Mazda, Nissan issue recalls over airbags
'Exploding' airbags: 2-million Hondas recalled

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