Toyota and authorities knew for three years about unsafe jerry-rigged taxis, but did nothing to stop the carnage.
If you know what to look for you will spot them all over South Africa: Toyota Quantum fake minibus taxis which are actually illegally converted Toyota Quantum panel vans that were designed to carry goods, not passengers.
Somehow, with official sanction, these vans have bypassed the safety standards and specifications that are compulsory for any passenger vehicles licensed to drive on South Africa’s roads. Since 2005 millions of commuters have used these death-trap taxis for transport, oblivious to the dangers they posed. Sadly, many did not complete their journeys.
Aware that the illegal conversions broke the law, Toyota South Africa, while warning their dealers about this, nevertheless told them how they might get around the problem and continue selling vans for conversion to taxis while avoiding liability (See here for a copy of Toyota’s official notification).