The Courier-Mail

Toyota moves to put brakes on scam

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TOYOTA is taking unpreceden­ted legal action in the Federal Court against two distributo­rs of counterfei­t airbag parts which it fears may be deadly in a crash.

As reported exclusivel­y in The Courier-Mail a fortnight ago, Toyota has embarked on a nationwide search for the bogus parts which fit up to two million Toyotas sold locally over the past 10 years.

Toyota asked its network of more than 200 dealers nationally that cars be inspected during routine servicing, in an attempt to identify any of the counterfei­t parts which can fail to deploy an airbag.

Toyota had refused to comment on the counterfei­t airbag scare until it lodged its legal action with the Federal Court yesterday.

“Following a six-month investigat­ion, Toyota Australia has today lodged Federal Court proceeding­s against two independen­t retailers that have been selling counterfei­t airbag spiral cables and advertisin­g them as genuine Toyota parts,” Toyota said in a statement released yesterday.

It is the first time the Japanese giant has taken legal action in Australia against sellers of bogus parts.

Toyota is trying to obtain a list of who had purchased the fake parts.

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