Nissan, Honda and Mazda this week expanded their respective Australian recalls over potentially faulty airbags supplied by third-party Japanese company Takata.
The series of local recalls are part of a wider global recall announced in April-May 2013 and expanded this week, affecting millions of vehicles from seven car-makers — Nissan, Honda, Mazda, Toyota, BMW, Ford and Chrysler.
Over the past five years, an estimated 10.5 million vehicles have been recalled over Takata airbags deemed at risk of exploding and shooting shrapnel.
It is understood last year’s Takata recall list issued to each brand did not cover the gamut of those models affected. As a result, revised recalls were issued en masse last Monday, including ones by the three aforementioned three Australian subsidiaries.
Nissan Australia recalled 25,941 Pulsar, Patrol, D22 Navara, Maxima and X-Trail models made between April 2001 and June 2003, amending the April 2013 recall of 11,360 units.
Honda likewise expanded its April 2013 campaign to recall around 10,000 MY2001-2003 Civic, CR-V and Jazz models with the addition of a further 33,434 vehicles this week.
Mazda, which like the other two last year recalled a number of vehicles made from 2002 and 2003 — in this case, 468 first-generation Mazda 6s — this week recalled 4650 Mazda 6 and RX-8 models.
Meanwhile earlier this month Toyota announced it would extend its 2000-2004 Corolla, Avensis Verso and Lexus SC430 recall by an additional 19,600 units, having originally recalled 1700 cars.
BMW Australia at this stage has not amended its May 2013 recall of 2001-2003 era E46 3 Series recall, according to corporate communications general manager Lenore Fletcher.
General Motors this week issued a stop-sale on 33,000 Cruze models in North America over Takata airbags, though these models were built between 2013 and 2014.
Holden has confirmed no Australian-built Cruze models are affected by the airbag stop-sale.