One of the world’s leading producers of automotive safety products and systems, Takata Corporation, is behind a massive vehicle recall involving faulty airbags. According to preliminary reports, the affected airbag inflators may explode and send bits of metal shrapnel into front seat passengers.
After an initial recall was issued, Takata Corporation later informed automotive manufacturers more cars and airbags could be affected.
These incomplete safety reports from Takata Corporation lead to Honda, Nissan, Mazda and Toyota recalling more than five million vehicles worldwide:
- Mazda is recalling close to 160,000 vehicles manufactured between 2002 and 2004.
- Nissan is recalling 755,000 vehicles produced between 2001 and 2003.
- Toyota is re-recalling 2.2 million vehicles built between 2002 and 2004
- Honda is recalling over 2 million vehicles manufactured between 2001 and 2004
Honda, Mazda, and Nissan have all previously recalled vehicles due to faulty Takata airbags. Poor recordkeeping and incomplete safety reports by Takata Corporation have led to confusion about which vehicles are equipped with faulty airbags.
Honda and Toyota continue to investigate Takata’s information in an attempt to identify all affected vehicles.
In a recent statement, Takata Corporation informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that other manufacturers, such as GM and BMW, also may have received the faulty airbags.
Faulty airbags have caused auto manufacturers to recall almost 10 million vehicles worldwide, and are responsible for several catastrophic accidents.
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