Date
23 March 2017
Takata Corp. is struggling to fix problems related to its airbags as carmakers recall more vehicles. Photo: Bloomberg
Takata Corp. is struggling to fix problems related to its airbags as carmakers recall more vehicles. Photo: Bloomberg

Big 3 Japan carmakers recall 11.5 mln cars with Takata airbags

Honda said Thursday it would recall 4.9 million more cars globally to replace potentially faulty airbags, after Japan’s two other top carmakers expanded their recalls, the Financial Times reported.

The safety crisis now affects more than 30 million vehicles worldwide.

Toyota and Nissan said Wednesday they would collectively recall a further 6.6 million vehicles globally.

Honda has been the most affected by the airbag problems so far, having already recalled more than 14 million vehicles.

Carmakers are investigating the cause of incidents in which some airbags made by Takata Corp. have exploded when deploying, scattering shrapnel inside the car.

The problems are linked to at least six deaths in the United States and Malaysia and more than 100 injuries.

Toyota announced that it is recalling five million vehicles produced between 2003 and 2007, while Nissan said it is calling back 1.56 million vehicles, The New York Times reported.

An examination of airbags has revealed that “certain types of airbag inflaters were found to have a potential for moisture intrusion over time”, sparking concern that the inflaters might not work properly during a crash, Toyota said in a statement.

The new recalls included more recent models than the companies had previously said needed fixing.

Takata, which is based in Japan, is struggling to provide fixes for the vast number of affected vehicles. 

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