Honda, Toyota Taking Action Over Faulty Takata Airbags

By | June 18, 2014
A number of Japanese automakers recalled well over 3 million vehicles last year thanks to defective airbags made by Takata Corp., but it looks like the problem is far from over. Last week, Toyota recalled its cars again because Takata provided an incomplete list of the number of potentially faulty airbags on its vehicles. Toyota is replacing airbags in more vehicles that were earlier assumed to be unaffected by the problem. Now, the total number of vehicles recalled for Takata airbags has increased to more than 7 million worldwide over the last five years. Honda is expected to add to the recall count, according to a report from Automotive News. Sources familiar with the matter say the Honda recall should go public by the end of June. Company spokeswoman Akemi Ando said, "We are conducting investigations quickly and if we decide that there are vehicles that should be called back, we will swiftly file for a recall." It looks like the airbag problem may have implications for a number of other automakers as well. The U.S. government opened an investigation this week into over 1 million vehicles by Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, and Chrysler Group for Takata airbags that may not deploy properly in humid areas of the country. Consumers have complained about rupturing airbags in the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda 6, Nissan Sentra, and Dodge Charger. Models under question were made for the 2002 through 2006 model years. Source: Automotive News