LTA: 75,000 S’PORE CARS HIT BY DANGEROUS TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL

The Land Transport Authority revealed that more than 75,000 vehicles in Singapore are affected by a worldwide recall caused by a potentially fatal flaw in the Takata airbag system.

Japanese company Takata, which supplies a fifth of the world’s airbags calls for a recall after finding that an inflator module can propel shrapnel when the airbag is deployed.

There has been 6 fatalities and more than 100 injuries recorded worldwide.

Dealerships are in the process of establishing the number of vehicles needing attention due to the large number of vehicles affected.

Most vehicles affected locally are from Toyota and Honda vehicles. BMW is the only dealer that is already changing the necessary parts. Other dealerships are still waiting for parts from Takata.

Preliminary estimates indicate that 37,000 Toyotas made between 2001 and 2007, 32,000 Hondas, 4,600 Subarus and 4,000 Nissans here are affected, along with an undetermined number of Mazdas.

LTA which requires manufacturers and dealers to announce recalls and fix the flaws, said the Toyota models include the Camry, Corolla, Picnic, RAV4, Vios and Yaris.

For Honda, the models include the City, Civic, CR-V, Jazz and Stream. The Cefiro, Prairie, Presage, Sunny and X-Trail are among Nissans to be recalled.

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