• Sep 2, 2010
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.

[Source: Automotive News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Imagine that, 10 year old vehicles worn down by the UV.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What does this have to do with this? AOL needs to block you from using this section.
      Carpenter
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kinda like my 2000 dodge caravan headlight lens?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not trying to put Hyundai/Kia down, but many of their cars from the 'old days' have the same issue.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But there's quite a difference between 40-50 years and my 'old days' implication which actually refers to stuff like previous gen Accents. :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        So did the highly esteemed maker of precision motor vehicles, Mercedes Benz in the 1950s through the mid 60s on some models.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So does the late 90's Toyota Prado.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am glad Toyota is recalling every little thing, even borderline silly things like cloudy plastic. Don't they all do that? As long as Toyota doesn't go bankrupt, they will raise the bar of cloudy. But wait...going bankrupt doesn't mean the end anymore! Regardless, the relentless pursuit continues!
        • 4 Years Ago
        This site has been relentless/ruthless when reporting about Toyota. "Toyota's Daihatsu"?
        Really? Do we have to get Toyota's name in every single negative report about anything?
        I did notice that the NHSTA's initial finding that the unintended acceleration fiasco being driver error had minimal coverage. No special links like before to cover that story? No daily running updates? No comments as to how that will effect whatever litigation is going on even though every new case AGAINST Toyota is reported?

        Funny thing, I have a friend that works at our local Dodge dealership. He tells me there are constant recalls on their products but they seldom inform the customers. I dont see this sight reporting every single recall the industry has... just Toyota's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do people not realize Charade was a Daihatsu? Or they just don't get sarcasm?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let the Toyota bashing begi....er....continue.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's it. I want a refund for my VW Bora headlight lenses. Oh, and my old Mitsubishi Colt's cracked dash. Oh, and my old Ford BA Falcon's steering wheel, where the foam disintegrated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gotta love that Toyota quality. Oh what a feeling!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry for the knee jerk response that would normally be directed at GM.
        You are right this isn`t Toyota`s fault.
      • 4 Years Ago
      does anyone remember the mira in gran turismo? i used to buy it and see how much power i could get out of that little car. It was slow
      • 4 Years Ago
      Must be the same supplier that made the round tail lights for the Lexus GS300s in the late 90s.
      • 4 Years Ago
      :o I didn't know Toyota owned Daihatsu!
        • 4 Years Ago
        and a 51% stake in Perodua of Malaysia which produces Daihatsu K-cars for local consumption.

        10 years to fade.. hey that's much better than Taiwan-made replacement tail lights for these cars where the whole lens (including the red one) starts bleaching after 1 year and 90% bleached after 3 years.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yup. IIRC, the Scion xB is manufactured by Daihatsu for Toyota.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @HN - On the automotive side of business, Toyota has interest in Daihatsu, Yamaha, Hino Motors, Isuzu Motors and Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru), a real modern conglomerate.
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