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Report: Toyota's Daihatsu recalls over 500,000 minicars over... fading taillamps?

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Report: Toyota's Daihatsu recalls over 500,000 minicars over... fading taillamps?

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Sep 2nd 2010 at 6:26PM

Daihatsu has announced plans to recalling over 500,000 vehicles in Japan due to taillight lenses that can fade over time. The lenses, originally orange, will bleach white with exposure to the sun, leading to a potential safety risk. As a result, Daihatsu is recalling a total of 435,423 Move hatchbacks built between 1995 and 2000, as well as 145,769 Mira models manufactured from 1998 to 2000. Both vehicles fall into Japans micro-car category and are powered by fuel-thrifty .66-liter engines.

The company plans to fix the issue by installing orange bulbs in the vehicles instead of the white ones that came from the factory.

Daihatsu is owned by Toyota, and the company produces a number of small vehicles for the manufacturing giant. While not as crippling as some of the other issues Toyota has had this year, the Daihatsu does add to the 11 million recalled Toyota and Lexus vehicles recalled since fall of last year.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/02/report-toyotas-daihatsu-recalls-over-500-000-minicars-over/

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TOYOTA’S DAIHATSU BRAND RECALLS 581K CARS IN JAPAN

By Mark Kleis

Continuing its streak of recent recalls, Toyota’s Daihatsu brand in Japan has announced the recall of some 500,000 minicars over a safety concern with the tail lamps.

The issue causing the two recalls is centered around the rear tail lamps, which are intended to be orange/amber in color, but due to faster than expected oxidation, the tail lamps have been turning white, and in turn confusing other motorists. To add to the issue, Toyota opted to use a clear bulb in the housing, meaning that once the oxidation is fully set in, other motorists no longer see any form of amber indicators – and instead see a dull, white light.

The recalls involve 435,423 Move five-door hatchback models, model years 1995 through 2000, and 145,769 Mira models, model years 1998 through 2000, according to Automotive News. With these two recalls, Toyota Group global recalls have now hit 12.3 million in 2010 alone, with the lion’s share – 10.5 million – taking place in the U.S. starting last fall.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the latest recalls, however, is that rather than replacing the oxidation-prone, cloudy tail lamp housing with newer, properly protected housings, Toyota has opted to instead replace the clear indicator bulbs with amber bulbs. Although the light output will still be greatly diminished – by as much as 60 to 75 percent – the light that does emit from the tail lamps will be the proper amber color, rather than white.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/toyotas-daihatsu-brand-recalls-581k-in-japan.html

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