Is your car faulty? 500,000+ Australians affected by recalls 38



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If you’ve got a Toyota, Honda, Nissan or Chrysler, your car may be recalled due to a faulty part that could have dire consequences if not changed immediately.

More than half a million Australian vehicles have been affected by the most recent safety recall by the vehicle manufacturers, which is a much higher number than previously thought.

If not taken back to the manufacturer, cars with the faulty airbag part, produced by Japanese company Takata, could severely injured or even kill the passenger or driver and so far the airbag has been blamed for six deaths and 100 injuries, although none in Australia so far – and we want it to stay that way.

According to News Corp, 556,000 vehicles in total are being recalled across Australia and is part of a much larger recall of 34 million cars. More makes and models are reported to be added to the list in the next few weeks.

To check if your make or model is being recalled visit the website, however you will be contacted also by your car manufacturer if you are affected.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report the following vehicles have been recalled:

  • Toyota Corolla (2003 to 2007)
  • Toyota Avensis (2003 to 2007)
  • Toyota Verso (2003 to 2007)
  • Toyota Yaris (2003 to 2007)
  • Toyota RAV4 (2003 to 2005) – Drivers side airbag inflator
  • Toyota Echo (2003 to 2005) – Drivers side airbag inflator
  • Honda Jazz (2004 to 2009)
  • Honda CR-V (2002 to 2008)
  • Honda Civic (2004 to 2005)
  • Honda Accord Euro (2004 to 2007)
  • Chrysler 300C sedan (2006 to 2007)
  • Nissan N16 Pulsar
  • Nissan T30 X-TRAIL
  • Nissan A33 Maxima
  • Nissan D22 Navara
  • Nissan Y61 Patrol

Toyota Australia released a statement yesterday stating, “These recalls are due to the potential that, depending on the vehicle, either the drivers or passengers airbag inflators may be susceptible to moisture intrusion over time.

“If this happens, this could potentially make the inflator assembly prone to rupture during an accident, increasing the risk of injury to the occupant.

“There have been no incidents or injuries reported in Australia as a result of this condition”.

New Zealand drivers of the above cars will also be affected, with Toyota additionally announcing 26,050 cars in NZ have the faulty part.

It’s a big stuff up, and the largest recall in history, with potentially dire consequences, considering the state of the car industry.

All parts will be replaced free of charged.


Tell us, is your car one of the models affected? Do you trust car companies to put your life in their hands?

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  1. First we are told “Smoking kills “now its “Air Bags kill ” What next ……. oh we already know it mobile phones kill …. or cause brain cancer

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    • yes I own a Honda CR-V 2002not sure what I have todo

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      • Judy – contact your local Honda dealer, even if you bought the car second-hand.

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        • Oops! That should read *Joscelyn* Sorry!

  2. 14 year old Camry never spent a cent on it,other than services,brakes,battery & tyres,runs like a dream…

  3. Only buy Toyotas. Went from Celica to Corolla. Usually keep for around 10 years. Never any problems. Keep them serviced brakes tyres. My current one is a 2006 just replaced the battery for the first time. Wouldn’t drive anything else.

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  4. My sister has had nothing but trouble with her Yaris. It has been back to the dealers more times than I can count. It’s dangerous and they won’t take any responsibility for it, as they can’t find what is wrong with it. Anyone else had trouble with sudden loss of power, that gets steadily worse?

  5. Ours is on the list, great little Echo, we will check with Toyota tomorrow but there say it could be 12mths before replacement parts are available so what do you do in the meantime ? I wont feel safe driving her till it is fixed. 🙁

  6. Cars have been recalled for as long as I can remember for small to bigger reasons. What’s the fuss about? I’d be more worried if they didn’t recall cars!

  7. Stars at Sixty why do you use such emotive wording like must be changed immediatly you clearly are just trying to grab headlines and don’t know what you are talking about. All you do is stress people out.

  8. Many of the recalls that are done are precautionary because of a potential danger and with the millions and millions of vehicles in the world things don’t happen immediatly clearly you are talking about the Airbag recalls and the potential danger will surely only occur if the airbag is deployed so you at Starts at Sixty going to stop driving your car because you might crash every time you drive it . I think not.

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