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12 April 2013

Toyota, Nissan, and Mazda entangled in a massive Global Airbag Recall too

Words by Christopher Kho
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Just yesterday, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) issued a voluntary safety recall of some 9,743 units of 2001 - 2002 Civics and CR-Vs due to a faulty passenger side airbag. This was part of Honda's global campaign that involves more than 1.1 million vehicles world wide. Well, from the looks of it, they're not the only one with this problem because fellow Japanese giants Toyota, Nissan, and Mazda are also dealing with the same problem too.
You see, these four have been souring their airbag inflators from Takata - the world's second largest supplier of airbags and seatbelts. But due to a manufacturing defect, the airbags Takata supplied may not inflate correctly and cause injury. So technically, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, or Honda are not at fault as some others would perceive.
Toyota Motor Corp. (TMC) said that it was recalling 1.7 million cars worldwide, which includes models such as the Corolla, Camry, Tundra, and Lexus SC 430 manufactured between 2001 and 2003. Nissan and Mazda, on the other hand, are recalling 480,000 and 45,000 cars, respectively. If you add them all up (including Honda), that's a grand total of 3.4 million cars!
So far, only HCPI has issued an official recall in the Philippines to address the faulty airbag issue.
Meanwhile, Berjaya Auto Philippines CEO Steven Tan assured us that all local Mazda units are not affected by the recall. He explains that only 2003 models of the Mazda 6 are included, whereas the Mazda 6 was launched in 2004 in the Philippines thus making all local units unaffected. Also part of the recall is the Mazda RX-8 - a model which was never sold here locally apart for some gray imports.
Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has also issued an official statement regarding the matter. “As of now, TMP is currently assessing the effects of the global recall. We have yet to determine if this has an effect to vehicles sold in the PH market. We shall provide the necessary information in the coming days as soon as it becomes available,” remarked TMP Vice President Atty. Rommel Gutierrez.
Nissan Motor Philippines Inc. (NMPI), on the other hand, is still waiting for a service bulletin from their parent company in Japan if the vehicles sold here will have to be recalled.