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This is mind-numbing.

According to the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission, since the announcement of the recall of Takata airbags, in Australia alone they are being replaced at an average of 4,000 per day.

It's not enough, they say.

Australia's home grown problems from banking to home insulation are pretty epic but the sheer scale of the Takata airbags scandal is, simply, monumental.

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In terms of seriousness, it's not in the league of the disastrous brake pedal problem a couple of years ago but the scale of the recall is so huge that it's a PR nightmare.

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Japan's Honda Motors is recalling some 200,000 Stream and Civic cars after identifying a defective component in the engine bay.

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It sometimes seems as if the one company you don't want to be if you are a car maker is Toyota. Having admitted last year that it put innovation and a rush to market ahead of its traditionally prudent, quality driven, commercial strategy, the announcement that it more than a million and a half cars have faults requiring recall causes yet more damage to the company's once mighty reputation.

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Malaysian taxi drivers open their door to hand over tolls - apparently because they fear the electric windows motor will burn out. Proton have never needed to recall for that - but a tiny spring needs to be replaced so Satria Neo and Gen2 cars need to visit the dealer.

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Rolls-Royce used to make just a few cars each month. Then BMW bought the company, moved production away from its home in Crewe and started what amounts, for the niche manufacturer, mass production. Now they want owners of almost 6,000 cars to bring them back as a global recall affects more than 350,000 BMW and Rolls-Royce cars that share a braking system.

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It's the sort of detail that Bentley are famous for getting right: the bonnet badge that automatically retracts in the event of a collision so as to minimise the risk of injury. But authorities in the USA have ordered remedial work to several models because there are instances of it becoming stuck.

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It's beginning to look as if Toyota simply had no disaster plan. It took a year to decide that the sticky pedal was a real problem, and only last week they said the Prius wasn't affected. It is now. And the sharks are circling as a litigation bandwagon starts to roll. But not all faults are attributable to cars.

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Can things get any worse? Yes, it seems, they can. Volkswagen's major market is China where its cars are seen as higher quality than most. And imported VWs are more prized than locally made models. So the fact that a large piece of bodywork might fly off its apparently rugged 4WD is not good news for the company.

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General Motors and Toyota in the US are recalling cars for a variety of defects

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Volkswagen has issued a voluntary recall in the USA for many Passats built between 1999-2005.

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