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More recalls in global automotive scene, but does it affect us?


THIS week, we have heard of recalls from two very large automotive players. The Volkswagen Group, in Europe alone, is expected to have a mandatory 8.5 million vehicles recalled. This doesn’t just mean a change in software though, some diesel models need actual parts replacements to help them conform with emissions regulations.

For now, the plans are to have some 2.8 million models in Germany recalled from the beginning of 2016. Due to our legislation it is highly unlikely that Volkswagen South Africa will need to recall diesel models locally. Our emissions regulations are not as stringent as those in North America and Europe, yet.

In other recall news, the Toyota Motor Corporation has announced that it will recall some 6.5 million vehicles globally. The problem is said to be with the power window switch in certain models. These models include the Yaris, Corolla, Rav4 and Camry, among others. The problem seems to exclude models sold locally with the automaker suggesting some 2.7 million vehicles in North America, 1.2 million in Europe and 600 000 in Japan.

While the problem has yet to cause any incidents Toyota has issued the recall. The fault is said to have come as a result of improper lubrication of the window master switch.

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