GLOBAL RE­CALLS STILL COM­ING

NT News - Motoring - - NEWS - By PAUL GOVER

THE global rash of re­calls is not over yet. Just as things are calm­ing af­ter Toy­ota’s eight-mil­lion-ve­hi­cle mis­takes in the US and Europe, Mazda has been hit with a 90,000-car re­call in Ja­pan and China.

Aus­tralia has again dodged the re­call, which ap­plies only to a spe­cific model of the Mazda3 not sold here, but things are look­ing tougher for even the world’s mostad­mired brands.

‘‘The Mazda3 is not af­fected in Aus­tralia,’’ com­pany spokesman Steve Ma­ciever said.

‘‘It’s only the 1.6-litre en­gine, which we do not get here.’’

But Toy­ota Aus­tralia was forced to re­call the lat­est Prius hy­brid for tweak­ing of the brak­ing sys­tem; el­derly Dai­hat­sus have been re­called — iron­i­cally, un­der the Toy­ota ban­ner; and Great Wall was forced to re­call the first batch of its Chi­nese twin-cab utes to rec­tify a seat belt prob­lem.

Even Suzuki, which has one of the low­est war­ranty-claim rates in the coun­try, was forced to re­call the baby Alto be­cause of a prob­lem with wiring to the stop­lights.

Suzuki Aus­tralia is still sourc­ing a re­place­ment sto­plamp switch and will con­tact own­ers.

Then there is Toy­ota USA, which is hit with an­other cloud over the Lexus GX460.

It’s a heavy­weight SUV which is built up from the Prado and, thanks to an un­safe rat­ing by the in­flu­en­tial mag­a­zine Con­sumer Re­ports, sales have been stopped while the com­pany con­ducts safety tests.

It is re­spond­ing to claims the car

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