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2Toyota's Daihatsu Motor Co. recalls 581,192 minicars

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

27Report: Toyota's Daihatsu recalls over 500,000 minicars over... fading taillamps?

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.

7Everything's O-Kei: New Daihatsu Move introduced in Japan

Another day. Another kei. This time, it's Daihatsu, which has released a redesigned version of its Move minicar. Available as the subdued Move or the more sporty-looking Move Custom (above), the car follows the usual kei formula: tiny outside, maximized space inside. In fact, the new Move boasts the longest cabin length and width available in a Japanese minicar.

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