Aussie drivers caught up in global car recall due to airbag fault
SOME 12,000 Japanese cars sold in Australia are part of a three-million vehicle global safety recall.
Honda has flagged 9980 of its cars are affected by the recall over a faulty airbag. They are the Civic sedan made from 2001-03, the CR- V compact SUV (2002-03) and Jazz city car (2003).
Toyota said at least 1700 Corolla and Avensis Verso vehicles built from November 2000 to March 2004 are affected.
A further 150 SC430 cars produced by Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus carry the suspect component.
The recall was triggered by the Takata Corporation, which produces airbags, after reports of faulty inflators which could burst and send plastic shards flying in the cabin.
‘‘The recall is due to the possibility that the front passenger airbag may have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers,’’ Toyota said.
‘‘In the event of a crash, the inflator may rupture and cause the front passenger air-bag to deploy abnormally.’’
A spokesman for Toyota in the US said its recall was based on five cases of front passenger side airbags inflating incorrectly.
Mazda and Nissan’s Australian operations are determining the number of locally sold cars affected. Globally the fault has hit 1.73 million Toyotas, 1.14 million Hondas, 480,000 Nissans and almost 50,000 Mazdas.
Nissan said certain vehicles made between 2000 and 2004 were affected.
All four companies supply Australia with vehicles built in Japan and Thailand. Almost all Australian-sourced Hondas come from Thailand, which is the second biggest source of vehicles imported to this country.
Toyota owners should call 1800 643 242.
Honda’s customer support line is 03 9285 5510.
Mazda owners should call the company help line on 1800 034 411.