A mind-boggling 11.5 million vehicles are now affected by faulty Takata airbags produced in Japan. Combined with all the previous Takata airbag-related recalls, an estimated 6.5 million Toyota-made (including Daihatsu) and Nissan automobiles have been recalled to date and now more Honda products have been added to the list.
No longer just a foreign problem; South African owners are affected. Toyota SA said its Corolla, RunX and Yaris models built between 2002 and 2007 are affected; as are Rav4, Hilux and Fortuners built from July 2003 to December 2005. The safety recall relates to moisture intrusion into the airbags over time that may result in involuntary and unsafe deployment. Nissan South Africa confirmed that certain Almeras produced between 2004 and 2007 could be affected.
Toyota, Honda and Nissan report that no deaths or injuries relate to the safety recall, while a fatal incident in January in the US was believed to be linked to a faulty Takata inflator. If you’re not sure if your car is affected, we recommend you get in touch with your nearest dealer. For Toyota vehicles you can contact the Toyota Call Centre at 0800 139 111. The repair/replacement procedure should take no longer than two hours, at no cost to the owner. Nissan South Africa says affected owners will be notified by June and the repair will be free of charge, too. Honda has declined to release a country-for-country breakdown of its affected models yet.