The top 4 car manufacturers in Japan have been forced to recall a total of 3.4m cars due to a defect in the airbag on the passenger side, Toyota, who are recalling a total of 1,73m cars, have said that the defective part could possibly cause a rupture in the airbag inflator making the airbag deploy abnormally should the car be involved in an accident.
Worldwide, Honda are recalling 1.13m cars, Nissan nearly 500,000 and Mazda 45.000. Within the UK, Honda, Nissan and Mazda are all recalling certain models. The cars with the defective airbags were all sold between 2000 and 2004, and all the defective parts have come from the same parts maker; Takata Corp.
The models in the UK that affected include 76,000 cars from Toyota that include the Corolla and the Yaris. There are 60,000 Nissan cars affected including the Almera, Almera Tino, Navara, Patrol, X-Trail and Terrano II. Of the 15,000 Hondas being recalled most of them are CRV’s but there are also 400 Civic and Jazz models. Nissan are advising customers in the UK to either contact the garage they bought their car from or to ring 01923 899334.
Global car giants such as these are usually very quick to recall any vehicles for both inspection and repair as soon as they become aware of any faults. As a general rule, these do tend to be minor and it is very rare for them to be linked to any accidents or fatalities. Following the announcement of the recalls, Takata share fell by 9% to 1891 Yen on Thursday on Tokyo’s Stock Exchange.
A spokesman for Toyota, Ryo Sakai, has told the BBC that his company had received reports of 5 incidents where the airbag inflator ruptured. He added that 3 of these had occurred in the US and 2 in Japan, but there had been no injuries caused by this malfunction. Honda, Mazda and Nissan have said that there have been no incidents involving their models and all 4 manufacturers have said they will be replacing the faulty parts free of charge.