Toyota, Mazda, Suzuki Recall 18,000 Cars Due To Serious Safety Risk

Owners of affected Toyota, Mazda and Suzuki vehicles are advised to stop driving their cars immediately and contact their manufacturer to arrange an urgent, free inspection.

The latest voluntary recall affects vehicles manufactured between 1996 and 1999, including the popular Toyota Starlets.

These vehicles are fitted with potentially deadly Takata NADI 5-AT airbags, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has warned. 

The companies are offering to buy back vehicles from their owners.

“These airbags could injure or kill people in the car by misdeploying in an accident and propelling parts or metal fragments into the cabin of the vehicle at high speed,” ACCC Acting Chair Stephen Ridgeway warned.

Some Toyota cars are subject to the recall. Image: Getty

“The airbags have also, in some instances, not fully inflated in a crash, thereby failing to protect drivers as expected.”

Australian authorities have now received reports of four incidents involving suspected misdeployments of these airbags locally.

The incidents resulted in a death and a serious injury in BMW vehicles, and a death and a serious injury in Toyota vehicles.

These airbags pose a serious safety risk that could lead to deaths or serious injuries. Please do not put lives at risk, and consider other transport options if your vehicle is affected.
Takata is a Japanese auto parts maker. Image: Getty

Drivers can check if their car is affected by checking their VIN number here. 

In November 2019 Audi, BMW and Ford also recalled 17,000 vehicles.

The country's transport department is also working to finalise voluntary recalls by Honda and Mitsubishi, the ACCC said.