Toyota, Nissan, and Mazda to recall vehicles with Takata airbags

Toyota, Nissan, and Mazda to recall vehicles with Takata airbags image

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3.4 million vehicles worldwide affected by faulty airbag issue

Aside from Honda who announced its recall of the vehicles affected locally, Toyota, Nissan, and Mazda also issued a recall affecting 3.4 million vehicles worldwide caused by faulty airbags that were supplied by Takata Corporation.

Toyota is recalling the largest amount of vehicles with 1.73 million units involved (might include Lexus SC, the Toyota Corolla, Camry, Sequoia and Tundra), followed by Honda with 1.14 million vehicles (might include Civic, CR-V, and Odyssey), Nissan will be recalling a relatively lesser number with 480,000 vehicles(might include X-Trail, Maxima, and Teana), while Mazda said is recalling 45,463 units (might include Mazda6 and RX-8). All of which were manufactured in the year 2000 onwards.

Takata isn't new with large scale recalls, the company issued its largest recall during 1995 which involved defective seatbelts of about 8.8 million vehicles.

Why did it take Takata this long before issuing a safety recall? Apparently, the safety company wasn't able to reproduce the random airbag deployment issues reported by several manufacturers. Not until October 2012, after several more reports about the said incident, did Takata concluded that there's a possibility of inadequately compressed propellant in certain airbag wafers made in Washington. By March this year, the company also discovered that some airbag wafers might have been exposed to excess moisture that may lead to a rupture.

Industry officials said the elapsed time between the first incident and the announcement of the recall was not unusual as the companies involved need to look into the reports and search for patterns while studying the cases before announcing a recall.

Takata also supplies airbags and seatbelts to major automakers including Ford Motor Co. and Daimler AG, although officials of Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, PSA Peugeot Citroen , Renault SA and Volkswagen AG said they did not use the airbags covered by the recall.

Source: Reuters