Honda, Nissan Recall Nearly 3 Million Cars for Faulty Air Bags

| by Amanda Schallert

Honda Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co. and other Japanese carmakers on Monday recalled nearly 3 million cars with potentially unsafe air bags from by Tokyo-based Takata Corp.

The concerns about faulty air bags are part of a larger trend, as Japan’s three largest automakers have recalled more than 5 million cars this month for the same reason. Other prominent car companies, including General Motors Co. and Mazda Motor Corp. have also drawn scrutiny or are facing recalls for air bag concerns, respectively, according to Businessweek.

Before Monday, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda and BMW had listed recalls of about 7.6 million vehicles with potentially unsafe air bags.

This most recent call back by Honda, the biggest customer of Takata Corp., marks one of the biggest recalls in the history of the auto industry, according to Yahoo News. The company called back more than 2 million vehicles, including the CR-V sports utility and Fit compact vehicles.

Honda said it was recalling the vehicles worldwide because the Takata air bag inflators came with the potential risk of exploding or hurting passengers with shrapnel. The products were made in 2000-02. The problem with the air bags came to light in 2007 and has been tied to two deaths.

In a statement, Takata Chief Executive Officer Shigehisa Takada and Chief Operating Officer Stefan Stocker said the company aims to strengthen its quality control system and work to prevent problems like this from occurring again in the future.

Nissan plans to recall about 755,000 vehicles worldwide and Mazda plans to recall about 160,000 vehicles. Nissan added that it is still determining the car models affected by the recall.

In April 2013, automakers faced similar problems with their Takata supplied air bags and Toyota and Honda had to recall more than a million vehicles each. It is unclear how much the recalls will cost this time, but a Takata spokeswoman said they cost the company about $300 million in 2013.

Until air bags are replaced, automakers said they plan to deactivate air bags in Japan when individuals bring their cars into dealerships.

Source: Businessweek, Yahoo News