The Takata airbag recall in Australia is in full swing, with Honda, Nissan, Lexus and Toyota all announcing further recalls in recent weeks.
For Lexus, its SC 430 has now been recalled while parent company Toyota has expanded its program covering Corolla, Yaris, Echo, RAV4 and Avensis models.
Toyota is also recalling 650,000 of its Prius V hybrid models worldwide for a potential software problem. Affected models were built between November 2011 and November 2014.
The carmaker says an investigation of parts returned from the market showed some driver’s front airbag inflators were confirmed to have “wide ranges of density variation within propellants”.
Nissan’s airbag recall program now includes additional D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, J31 Maxima and T30 X-Trail models, and Nissan is also recalling selected Pulsar, Juke and Micra models due to a potential fault with the push-button start system.
The Takata airbag saga has even hit Queensland carmaker Performax International, which has recalled Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and Ford Mustang models built between 2007 and 2008.
In other recall news, Holden is recalling its Colorado Extended Cab pickup with second-row jump seats, built between September 2011 and June of this year.
A bolt that forms one of two fastening methods for the seatbelt buckle may not have been fitted during production, leading to reduced performance of the rear seatbelts during a collision.
Holden is also handling a recall of the Hummer H3, built between March 2007 and December 2008.
The Hummer’s wiring loom for the cabin blower fan may overheat during extended periods at high fan speed, causing a potential fire hazard.
Suzuki is recalling selected examples of its Jimny small 4WD, due to a potential problem with the anti-lock braking system (ABS).
Metal fragments caused by an incorrect pressing procedure may become stuck in the Hydraulic Control Valve, causing a delay for the ABS and possible loss of stability.
Volvo is recalling 346 examples of its XC90, built between 2009 and 2010 and fitted with the five-cylinder diesel engine.
The power steering hose may come into contact with the engine cooling fan, causing power steering fluid to leak which could eventually lead to reduced steering capacity.
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 1788 examples of its A-Class and B-Class models, sold between September 2012 and June 2013.
The recall relates to the driveshaft retaining rings, which may break under extreme driving conditions.
Other recalls include:
- Ark, which is recalling its 3500kg towbar mounts sold between October 2014 and May of this year
- Selected PT-series pop-tops and J-series caravans from Jurgens due to a potential hazard with the fridge gas burner
- Polaris RZR 170 youth side-by-side off-road recreational buggy built before March 2015 due to a potential fuel leak
- Selected 2014 and 2015 Harley-Davidson ‘Touring’ models, due to a potential fault with the saddlebag mounting
- Various Honda motorcycle models ranging from 250cc to 1300cc due to a potential starter solenoid fire hazard
- KTM 1290 Super Duke R dirt bikes sold between October 2013 and this month due to a potential fuel leak
- Suzuki VZR1800 Boulevard models due to possible incorrect bolts with the rear backrest mounting kit
- Selected Yamaha WR250R and WR250X motorcycles due to a potential electrical fault
The relevant manufacturers will attempt to contact affected owners shortly, but any owner who wishes to learn more about the latest round of recalls should contact their local dealer.