Toyota's minicar division, Daihatsu Motor Co., has announced that it will recall more than half a million cars due to taillight lenses that can fade from long-term UV exposure. Apparently, the vehicle's rear lenses, which are originally orange in color, can loose their lustrous glow as the sun's penetrating rays sap the orange right out of them and turn the lenses an off-white hue. This presents a safety risk to other motorists because the turn signals flash white rather than the expected amber hue.

Daihatsu is recalling 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 Japan's minicar category and are powered by extremely thrifty 0.66-liter engines. The fix is simple: Daihatsu will install orange bulbs in place of the clear ones, which are currently found behind those faded lenses.

While not as crippling as some of the other issues that Toyota has dealt with this year, the Daihatsu recall still adds to the more than 11 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles recalled since last fall.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req. | Image: Tennen-Gas – C.C. License 2.0]


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