Today, the largest ever recall for airbags was announced, with 3.4 million vehicles being recalled with airbags made by Takata. The world’s second largest supplier of airbags took a stock hit as shared dropped 10 percent in Tokyo trading.
This recall marks Toyota’s largest recall since October of last year, when the automaker had to recall 7 million vehicles. This recall deals with top-selling Japanese cars like Toyota’s Camry and Corolla, as well as the Nissan Maxima and Honda Civic. All vehicles in the recall have a manufacturing date from the year 2000 or after.
The passenger-side airbags in question may not inflate correctly in the event of an accident due to a manufacturing defect in the propellant used to inflate the airbag. This result is possible fire starting and passenger injury. Toyota, Nissan, and Honda have not reported any injuries or deaths in relation to these airbags.
The Tokyo-based Takata supplies airbags as well as seatbelts to Daimler AG, Ford Motor Co., as well as the previously mentioned Japanese brands. This is also the largest recall for the company since 1995 when an 8 million vehicle recall was announced due to faulty seatbelts.
Toyota is recalling 1.73 million vehicles worldwide, with Honda Recalling 1.14 million and Nissan Motor Co. recalling 480,000. Mazda Motor Co. is also recalling 45,500 vehicles in relation to this problem. The faulty airbags were manufactured in Mexico between 2000 and 2002, and Hideyuki Matsumoto, spokesman for Takata, commented in a recent interview that “When the last recall took place, we inspected everything such as the site of manufacturing, but we were not able to identify this problem.”
Toyota models participating in the recall include the Corolla, Camry, Tundra, and Yaris, and Nissan models only include the Maxima and Cube. The automakers will exchange the airbags with new ones, and the work is expected to take up to two and a half hours to complete.