Nissan, Toyota, Honda Recall 6.5 Million Cars for New Problem with Takata Airbags
Takata's airbag problems continue has Nissan and Toyota recall millions of cars following the discovery of another safety defect.
Both companies are recalling 6.5 million cars worldwide for airbags that can deploy abnormally, increasing the risk of injury in the event of an accident.
Toyota is recalling about 5 million cars, but only about 637,000 are in the United States. The Associated Press reports that the Toyota recall affects 35 models including the Corolla, RAV4 and Tundra. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists the recalls as three separate campaigns affecting both passenger- and driver-side airbags.
Specifically, the models affected by the recall include:
2005-2007 Lexus SC, Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Pontiac Vibe
In total, Toyota has recalled 8.1 million vehicles related to faulty airbags.
Nissan is recalling an additional 1.56 million vehicles globally, with 263,700 of those sold in the U.S. The recall includes the remaining vehicles that weren't part of previous recalls that only targeted areas of high humidity. The recall affects certain model year 2004 Pathfinder SUVs and model year 2004-2006 Sentra sedans.
Nissan has now recalled about 4 million vehicles globally for Takata-related problems.
Toyota is replacing problem driver-side inflators with those made by Daicel Corp., but will continue using Takata as a supplier because parts from other suppliers are not compatible.
Update: Honda also announced this week that it is recalling about 5 million vehicles globally. The recall, however, doesn't affect any cars in the United States. As Takata's biggest client, Honda has recalled 19.6 million cars worldwide, the most of any other automaker. About 8.2 million have been in the U.S. All six deaths attributed to the airbags were in cars made by Honda.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began levying fines of $14,000 per day in response to what they say is Takata's unwillingness to cooperate. The fines are now up to about $1 million.