3.4 Million Vehicles Face Recall for Air Bags

by: Prince, Glover & Hayes Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Six automakers, including Toyota, Honda and Nissan, are recalling nearly 3.4 million older-model vehicles worldwide because of defective air bags that can send shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment.

The front passenger air bags all were made by the same parts supplier, Japan’s Takata Corp. They have faulty inflator mechanisms that don’t route gas into the air bags. Instead, the high-pressure gas can launch plastic and metal parts from the air bags into the cars’ passenger areas. Takata says no one has been hurt, but there have been six incidents of the air bags deploying improperly on roadways.

Toyota will have to inspect or fix 1.7 million vehicles worldwide, including about 580,000 in North America, 490,000 in Europe and 320,000 in Japan. The models include the Corolla company, Matrix hatchback, Sequoia SUV, and Tundra pickup, as well as the Lexus SC 430 sports car. All the vehicles were manufactured from 2001 to 2003.

The latest recall affects other major automakers, including Toyota’s chief Japanese competitor. Honda Motor Company is recalling 1.1 million vehicles worldwide. Models include the Civic company, CR-V small SUV and Odyssey minivan from the 2001 to 2003 model years. Also, Nissan Motor Company is recalling 480,000 vehicles worldwide, including about 265,000 in the U.S. Models include the Nissan Maxima midsize sedan, Pathfinder SUV and Sentra company as well as the Infiniti FX crossover and QX4 SUV, all from the 2001-2003 model years. Mazda Motor Company is also part of the recall. About 45,000 Mazda RX-8 and Mazda 6 cars are affected. At GM, only 55,000 Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks sold in the U.S. and Canada are being recalled.

The recall is Takata’s largest since 1995, when nine automakers had to repair faulty front seat belts in 9 million cars sold from 1986 through 1991.

Source: The Tuscaloosa News

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