Takata's poor record-keeping led to global recall
Honda Motor Co., Nissan Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. have all expand their respective recalls over faulty Takata safety airbags.
The said automakers are calling back about 3 million vehicles to fix the possibly defective airbag inflator propellant made in North America that were not included in a worldwide April 2013 recall by Honda, Nissan, Mazda and Toyota Motor Corp.
Takata informed the companies that faulty inflators may have been delivered to assembly plants due to poor record-keeping.
With this, Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada and COO Stefan Stocker said the company will strengthen their quality control system to prevent such issue to reoccur.
"We will aim to further strengthen our quality control system and work united as a company to prevent problems from happening again," they said in a statement.
Honda recalled 2.03 million vehicles globally that includes 1.02 million in North America, 153,943 in Europe and 668,582 in Japan. The affected vehicles were the ones manufactured between April 2000 and October 2002. The Civic, CR-V, Odyssey and Element are the vehicles being recalled in North America. On the other hand, the affected vehicles in Europe are the Civic, CR-V, Odyssey and Element.
A total of 755,000 units worldwide are being recalled by Nissan which includes 228,000 vehicles in North America that comprises of the Infinit FX35, Pathfinder and Cube. In Japan, 128,000 vehicles are affected by the recall that includes the X-Trail and Teana.
Mazda recalled 159,807 vehicles, including 14,794 in North America; 90,259 in Europe; and 11,832 in Japan. The affected vehicles are the RX-8 and first generation Mazda6.
The faulty Takata airbag recall has now reached a total of about 10 million vehicles worldwide over the past five years.
Honda says they are aware of two deaths linked to the faulty airbags, both of which occurred in the United States. The automaker also said that there have been 41 cases of faulty airbags.
Nissan and Mazda said they have not received any reports of injuries related to the faulty airbag.
The three automakers said they will replace the faulty airbags on all the affected models.