Vehicle recall in Australia: Honda adds 132,000 cars due to faulty Takata airbags; More than 750K Mitsubishi and Toyota to be recalled over safety fears

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Honda Australia has added over 132,000 vehicles in its latest series of recalls due to faulty Takata airbags. The announcement follows Mitsubishi and Toyota car recalls across Australia for separate mechanical problems.

Honda Takata airbag recall

According to Drive.com.au, Honda added more cars for recall, taking the total number to almost 420,000 vehicles. This is part of the global recall related to the Takata airbag scandal, which affected 51 million vehicles worldwide.

The company will contact its Australian customers affected by the latest series of recalls to replace the faulty parts for free within the next month. It is already repairing around 5,000 vehicles per week. The vehicles include Honda Accord CR-V (2001-2002), Honda Civiv (2001), Honda Accord (2001-2002) and Honda Jazz (2004) among many other models.

Honda is Takata’s biggest customer, making the Japanese automaker the hardest hit of all affected car manufacturers. In Australia, more than 1 million cars have been affected.

The Takata airbag scandal began in 2013 when a total of 3.6 million vehicles where recalled due to defective airbags. It has been linked to at least 10 deaths and more than a hundred injuries in the US. There are no reports of incidents due to the faulty airbags in Australia.

Apart from Honda, other vehicle brands in Australia have been announced for recall as well due to the faulty Takata front passenger and driver airbags. These include BMW, Chrysler, Ferrari, Ford, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Mustang and Toyota.

Click here for the list of car recalls in Australia due to Takata airbags.

Mitsubishi and Toyota recall in Australia

Mitsubishi and Toyota have also announced recall across Australia last week. Mitsubishi is recalling almost 430,000 cars, while Toyota is recalling about 324,000 vehicles.

For Mitsubishi, a total of 429,981 Lancer, Pajero, Outlander, Triton, Challenger, i-MiEV and Colt models have problems including leaking fuel tanks, faulty brake boosters and indicator lights, as well as loss of power, Drive reports.

Toyota models Prius, Prius V, Corolla and Rukus built between October 2008 and February 2015 are also being recalled due to the possibility that “a crack may develop on the fuel suction plate assembled to the fuel tank.” If this problem occurs, Toyota warns, the problem could expand and the fuel may leak when the vehicle has a full tank of petrol.

Owners of the affected cars will be notified by mail and asked to take their car to the nearest dealership. The carmakers will repair the problems for free.