Japanese automakers buy their carsJanuary 22, 2020
Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Toyota and Suzuki offer to buy 60,000 “potentially deadly” cars in Australia.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (ACCC) announced on January 10, 2020 that Toyota, Mazda and Suzuki announced the voluntary recall of more than 18,000 vehicles manufactured between 1996 and 1999 and equipped with Takata NADI 5-AT airbags .
Car manufacturers in Australia are now forced to redeem damaged cars, as the design and development of replacement airbags would be more expensive and time consuming. The brands Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Mazda and Suzuki offer to buy about 60 thousand of their cars in Australia, affected by the latest recall related to Takata airbags.
All Toyota models participating in the recall were released between 1997 and 1999. These include Starlet, Paseo, Celica and RAV4. The only Mazda that fell under the service promotion was the 1996–1999 Eunos 800, while the only Suzuki model was the 1998-1999 Grand Vitara SQ625 2.5L V6.
Toyota will provide a long-term replacement of the car until the problem is resolved if the owners do not want the car manufacturer to buy their car. About a week after the buyback was announced, ACCC confirmed that Honda and Mitsubishi offered to do the same, having chopped 42,000 cars.
Some models of Honda and Mitsubishi are equipped with the same faulty Takata airbags, which may not work in an accident and throw metal fragments at high speed into the cabin. Two drivers have already died in Australia due to these malfunctions. Both Mitsubishi and Honda will buy the affected cars at market value and provide alternative transport until the buyout process is completed.
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