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.

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