GLOBAL RECALLS STILL COMING
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