Toyota and Nissan in 6.5 MILLION airbag recall (Honda to follow)
Problems continue to mount for airbag supplier Takata with the announcement that Toyota and Nissan will be recalling 6.5m airbags.
These Takata airbags have been under scrutiny for quite some time and 17 million vehicles carrying these airbags have already been subject to a recall.
The previous problem appeared to be that the airbags inflate with too much force and shoot out metal shards. This problem has linked the product to 5 deaths and dozens of injuries. The latest recalled however is slightly different in that the front passenger and front driver-side air bag inflators can deploy abnormally, or rupture, and put a person in a crash at greater risk.
Its chairman and chief executive pledged Takata was working hard to test and replace airbags deemed to be a potential risk. In a letter they said "Our airbags have deployed safely in more than two million auto accidents around the world since we began producing them in 1987, saving many thousands of lives.
"In 2014 alone, thousands of serious injuries and deaths have been prevented worldwide by Takata airbags."
Toyota cars affected in the latest UK recall:
Corolla. Yaris, Picnic and Avensis Verso models built between March 2003 and March 2007 for passenger airbag defects
RAV4, Yaris and Hilux cars manufactured between July 2003 and December 2005 for driver airbag defects.
Toyota have stated that owners of these vehicles would be contacted within six weeks and told what to do next.
Nissan recall vehicles in the UK:
Navara Pickup, Almera Tino, Patrol, Almera, Terrano II and X-Trail models manufactured between 2004 and 2007
Both makers will carry out the recall without charging customers for parts or labour.