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The largest auto recall of all time just got even bigger.
Japanese automaker Toyota (TM) said Wednesday it’s recalling another 5.8 million vehicles around the globe because of Takata’s exploding airbags. That brings the total number of vehicles Toyota has called back since the start of the Takata (TKTDY) scandal to 23.1 million.
The main areas hit by the latest recall are Europe, Japan and China, Toyota said in an email. Hugely popular models like the Corolla, Yaris and Etios are affected.
The U.S. is not included in this round, the automaker said, because it has already recalled the models there that were produced during the relevant periods of time. In all, Toyota has so far recalled more than 4.5 million vehicles in the U.S.
Related: Defective Takata air bag blamed for 11th death
The Takata airbags, supplied to leading carmakers around the world, have been known to explode. Instead of softening the impact of a crash, they have sprayed metal shrapnel into the bodies of drivers and front seat passengers. Victims appear to have been shot or stabbed, according to police officers who have responded to the accidents.
Takata airbags have already been linked to at least 11 deaths in the U.S. and to hundreds of injuries globally.
The crisis has resulted in a massive global recall of tens of millions of vehicles made by companies like Honda (HMC), General Motors (GM) and Volkswagen (VLKAF).
Takata, meanwhile, is seeking financial support as it struggles with the mounting financial burden.
— Junko Ogura contributed to this report.
CNNMoney (New Delhi)
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From the recent Takata airbag recall in 2015 to the General Motors Ignition Switch problems in 2014 and Toyota petal entrapment, auto recalls can have very real consequences. These consequences can include millions of dollars in damage as well as hundred of deaths and serious injuries.
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Honda has announced that it would recall about 2.23 lakh units of the CR-V, Civic, City and Jazz to fix the faulty airbag issue.
The company has stated that the recall is carried out as a part of Honda’s global exercise and there has been no report of untoward incidents so far.
The exercise will cover 13,073 units of the CR-V SUV which was manufactured between 2004-11, 54,290 units of Civic Sedan produced between 2003-2012, 1,40,508 units of its popular sedan City manufactured between 2007 and 2012 and 15,707 units of the carmaker’s premium Hatchback Jazz which was produced between 2009 and 2011.
This replacement will be carried out free of cost at Honda dealerships pan-India in a phased manner, starting October 12, 2015.
Customers can also confirm if their car is a part of the recall by submitting their 17 character alpha-numeric Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the carmaker’s official website.
Over 10.85 lakh vehicles have been recalled by a number of automakers since auto industry body SIAM started a voluntary vehicle recall for safety related issues in India in July 2012.
These automakers include bigwigs such as Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra, Toyota, Ford, Honda and General Motors.
In June 2015, Nissan India had recalled over 12,000 vehicles over engine switch and airbag issues. In May, Honda Cars India had recalled 575 units of CR-V, which were manufactured in 2004, and 10,805 units of Accord that were made between 2003 and 2007 to fix a problem with airbags. Mahindra & Mahindra, on the other hand, recalled its XUV500 in India in April after users complained of alloy wheel breaks.
In March, Maruti Suzuki recalled 19,780 units of Alto 800 and 13,318 units of Alto K10 which were manufactured between December 8 and February 18, 2014, over faulty hand-door latch.
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Japan’s top four carmakers are recalling a total of 3.4 million cars over a defect in passenger airbags.
Toyota, which is recalling 1.73 million cars, said the vehicles had a defective part which “could cause the airbag inflator to rupture and deploy the airbag abnormally in a crash”.
Globally, Honda is recalling 1.13 million cars, Nissan almost 500,000 and Mazda 45,000.
In the UK, Toyota, Nissan and Honda are all recalling certain models.
The cars were sold in the years 2000-04, and the firms said the defective part was supplied by parts maker Takata Corp.
UK models affected include:
76,000 Toyota vehicles, including Corolla and Yaris,
60,000 Nissans, including X-Trail, Patrol, Almera, Almera Tino, Terrano II and Navara
and 15,400 Hondas, most of them CRVs, but including 400 Jazz and Civic models.
Nissan advised UK customers to contact garages where the cars were bought or call 01923 899334.
Global car giants are usually quick to recall vehicles for inspection and repair as soon as they are aware of a fault.
These generally tend to be minor and it is rare that they are linked to accidents or fatalities.
Shares in Takata fell 9% to 1,819 yen on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Thursday.
Federal safety regulators, growing increasingly frantic, warned Wednesday that at least 7.78 million vehicles were equipped with dangerous Takata air bags which are blamed for killing two people. Federal prosecutors reportedly launched an inquiry into the company’s actions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notified owners “with urgency” to get their previously recalled cars, which include vehicles from 10 makers, fixed at once as a matter “essential to personal safety.”
It’s not a new recall, but a plea for people with recalled cars to get them fixed now, as the air bags are an immediate threat to front-seat passengers safety.
Toyota and General Motors are taking the added step of sending overnight letters to owners of recalled models warning them not to let passengers sit in the front seats.
The new warning, as well as the underlying recalls dating to 2008, applies mainly to cars sold or ever registered in areas with high humidity, such as Florida and Puerto Rico. However, Consumers Union, advocacy unit of Consumer Reports, said Wednesday that it believes “the dangers could be far broader” than just humid locations. It said data show 100 injuries.
At least two deaths are blamed on the defect, reported years ago by Honda. Two more are suspected but not confirmed. Consumers Union says it believes all four deaths are linked.
The Takata bags involved mostly are on older vehicles, some of which have been on the road since 2000. When the defective bags inflate in a crash they can tear loose from their brackets, blowing pieces of their housings—shrapnel, in effect—at the faces and chests of occupants. The propellant for the bags was improperly handled during manufacture, and the danger is amplified by humidity.
The Takata bag defect has caused recalls of some 16 million vehicles worldwide.
NHTSA said it has an ongoing investigation into the bags.
Federal prosecutors also are looking into whether Takata was misleading about safety, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing “people familiar with the matter.” USA TODAY could not independently confirm that.
Owners have been lax about the repairs. GM, for example, says that only about 10% of affected vehicles have been brought in.
It’s good to see Takata’s defective air bag issue finally getting the attention it deserves with so many vehicles being recalled. It will take years to address the danger, and there will be far too many consumers that ignore the recall.
Harry tells you which vehicles from the various auto manufactures are affected. If your present vehicle was mentioned it is of urgent importance that you stop driving the vehicle and cal your selling dealer and have them pick the vehicle up for the fix.
Demand a loaner car.
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Japan’s biggest automakers just recalled more than 3 million cars worldwide, including Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mazda. The issue concerns faulty airbags that could catch fire or send plastic pieces flying, injuring passengers.
The airbags were manufactured by Japanese parts maker Takata Corporation. They are the world’s second-largest supplier of airbags and seat belts. Takata’s total sales in 2012 were 3.8 billion dollars. However, after the recall announcement their stock plummeted more than 15 percent in Tokyo trading.
Many consumers were surprised by the recall of such cars as the Corolla, Lexus SC and the Camry. They were built between 2000 and 2004.
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The recall covers vehicles which were produced between August 2000 and December 2005. A total of 13 types of vehicles including the popular Fit and Accord models are subjected to the recall. The airbag defect could pose a fire risk. About 7-point-6 million vehicles have already been recalled by Honda and other automakers due to air bag faults over the past five years. Video Rating: / 5
Please have your airbag recall completed. It is for the safety of yourself and those that may ride with you.
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