Toyota urges its US dealers to inform customers about future Takata recalls image
This follows recent criticism from members of Congress that automakers are still selling new cars fitted with faulty Takata airbags.
The world’s biggest carmaker takes its public image very seriously and it has swiftly reacted once again following criticism, by prompting its dealers throughout US to tell the customers at the time of sale which exactly are the models that will be will be subject to future recalls linked to Takata’s faulty inflators. Furthermore, Toyota made public the list of such vehicles and it included the 2016 4Runner and Lexus GX460 still in production, but also the 2015 versions of 2015 Lexus IS250C/350C, Scion xB, Lexus GX460 and Toyota 4Runner, which still might be on dealers’ stock.
The move comes after a recent report released by a top Democrat on the US Senate Commerce Committee that showed Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen and Mitsubishi are still selling new cars with potentially defective inflators that will eventually have to be recalled. The companies are not being required to take any actions over such cars and the authorities have no legal tools to prevent carmakers from selling vehicles subject to future recalls, but Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said he would raise the issue with government lawyers.
The US senator behind the report, Bill Nelson, has urged automakers to promptly reveal the upcoming Takata-related safety campaigns and he has sent new letters to the US units of BMW, Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, Daimler, Nissan and Honda, among others, asking details on new vehicles subject to future recalls.