General Motors, Mazda, Toyota, Nissan and Honda recalled for faulty airbags
|   Friday, April 12, 2013
It seems that General Motors, Mazda, Toyota and even Nissan and Honda are recalling a total of 3.4 million vehicles around the world due to faulty airbags.
About half the recalls involve Toyota, 1.14 million Hondas, 480,000 Nissans and 45,000 Mazdas.

Michelle Krebs, Edmunds.com senior analyst, said earlier this day that "This recall has the potential to expand to more automakers and more vehicles because Japan's Takata is major supplier to automakers globally.
This recall is an example of one of the downsides of using ‘super suppliers' for important vehicle components"
After the incident with Toyota unintended acceleration debacle, it seems that another problem hits Japanese industry regarding faulty airbags.

About half the recalls involve Toyota, 1.14 million Hondas, 480,000 Nissans and 45,000 Mazdas and, according to the Los Angeles Times, General Motors said it would recall about 55,000 Pontiac Vibes from the 2003 model year sold in the U.S. and Canada.

Most of the Toyota brands recalled for faulty airbags are Toyota Corrola, Sequoia and Tundra, models made between 2001 and 2003, and owners can visit http://www.toyota.com/recall for more informations regarding their cars.

The problem appeared after Toyota received more separate reports of the fault, some in US and some in Japan. Honda, Mazda and Nissan claimed there have been no incidents involving their cars.

Honda has over 1.14 million vehicles worldwide (over 500,00 in U.S) are subject to recall, model Civics made in 2001-2003, CR-Vs made in 2002-2003 and the Odysseys made in 2002.
Honda said it would begin recalling in late May or June. Owners can visit http://www.recalls.honda.com for more details regarding their cars. All airbags inflators will be inspected and were necessary, replaced.

Spokesman from Nissan USA told NPR that over 480,000 vehicles made and distributed worldwide (over 260,000 in US) will be recalled, model year 2000-2003 Nissan Maxima, Infiniti QX4, Pathfinder and Sentra.
In a statement, the company said that "Nissan plans to begin notifying customers within 30 days. Nissan dealers will replace the front passenger airbag inflator with a counter-measured one at no cost to the customers for parts or labor".

All problems regarding the faulty airbags seems to come from the world`s second place-largest maker of seatbelts and airbags Tokyo-based Takata, involved in 2009 in other issues regarding the safety of seat belts "when several automakers called back almost 9 million vehicles to replace faulty seat belts, a record for the auto worldwide industry at the time", Bloomberg says.

The inflators seems were installed in Toyota`s top-selling Corrola and Camry, models produced since 2000. Certain Mazdas and Honda Civics are also subject to recall, models like Maxima and Cube, according to Reuters.
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