Hino issues voluntary safety recall on 300 Series trucks
HINO Motor Sales Australia has issued a voluntary safety recall on certain 300 Series trucks produced between October 31, 2013 and November 30, 2016 which contain faulty Takata passenger airbags.
This is in addition to the 2,144 Hino 300 Series trucks manufactured between January and December 2013 that were recalled in March 2018 and the 2,841 300 Series trucks manufactured between July 2011 and December 2012 that were recalled in April 2017 for the same issue.
Replacement parts are now available and affected operators should promptly contact their local authorised Hino dealership to make an appointment to have the passenger airbag assembly replaced.
Hino is aware that a mandatory recall of Takata airbag inflators has been instituted by the Commonwealth Government. This mandatory recall however does not apply to trucks, or other vehicles principally intended for commercial use.
Many Takata airbags are defective as the airbag inflators are susceptible to moisture intrusion over time. As it gets older, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can cause the airbag inflator propellant to degrade.
If an affected vehicle is involved in a collision triggering the airbag, the metal inflator housing may explode/rupture. In the event that a defective airbag ruptures, metal fragments may propel out through the airbag cushion towards the vehicle occupants causing serious injury or fatality.
Hino has not received any reports of this occurring in its vehicles in either the Australian or global markets. However Hino is aware that other brands of motor vehicles have reported injuries and fatalities due to having installed Takata brand airbags in their vehicles.
As part of its commitment to customer safety, Hino is implementing this voluntary recall to replace the front passenger airbag inflator in the affected Hino vehicles.
Hino strongly recommends that owners of affected vehicles promptly contact their local Hino dealer to arrange an appointment to have the airbag inflator replaced.
In line with the TIC Code of Practice for safety related recalls, Hino is currently contacting owners of affected trucks via mail and advertising in major metropolitan and regional newspapers.
Owners can also check if their truck is the subject of a recall online by clicking here.
Additional information is also available by calling the Hino Care Centre on 1300 014 466 or by visiting this link.