Toyota and Honda are planning to recall 6 million vehicles worldwide due to faulty airbags.
Both have identified different problems with regards to the safety devices. Toyota are recalling 3.4 million cars globally, mostly in the U.S, as their airbags fail to inflate during a crash. This failure has been linked to the cars ZF-TRW air bag computers, which are strongly effected by electrical interference which may lead to them not sending the signal for the bags to inflate.
Honda is recalling 2.7 million vehicles in the US and Canada because their Takata air bag inflators risk exploding during impact and sending shrapnel into the face and body of the car’s occupants.
The Toyota recall includes certain 2011 to 2019 Corollas, 2011 to 2013 Matrix, 2012 to 2018 Avalon and 2013-2018 Avalon Hybrid models. But the Corollas are the only ones available in South Africa.
Honda are recalling their 1998 to 2000 Accord Coupe and Sedan, the 1996 to 2000 Civic coupe and sedan, the 1997 to 2001 CR-V, the 1998 to 2001 Odyssey and the 1997 and 1998 EV Plus.
According to Business Day, Toyota SA are still waiting to provide details if the recall will extend to South Africa.
Honda and Toyota said they will issue recall notices in mid-March.