May 13th, 2015|
Japanese automakers Toyota and Nissan expanded recalls of cars equipped with Takata air bags. Defective inflaters can burst when triggered, spewing metal shards at occupants of the vehicle. In an email, Toyota said certain types of airbag inflaters have the potential for “moisture intrusion” that may cause the airbag to fail. Toyota and Nissan originally issued about 25 million recalls and have now added an additional 6.5 million vehicles to the recall list. Takata, the Japanese company responsible for the airbags, is moving too slowly, according to Mark R. Rosekind, head of the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Takata is being fined $14,000 a day in an effort to get it to move quicker and remedy this dangerous problem. This could get worse. According to the New York Times, Honda is also preparing to issue a recall. Most of the affected cars were manufactured in the early 2000s, although Chrysler and Ford have recalled vehicles made in 2007 and 2008. About 5 million of the recently recalled vehicles were Toyotas. Of that number, 637,000 are in the United States and 1.36 million are in Japan; 35 models were affected, including top sellers like the Toyota Corolla. Nissan’s recall covered 1.56 million vehicles.
According to Automotive News, General Motors will recall 522,000 vehicles, including Chevrolet Malibu, due to a steel cable that connects to the safety belt separating. Most of those vehicles, manufactured in 2011 and 2012, are in the U.S. and some in Canada and Mexico, according to GM. The Chevrolet Colorado and Canyon midsized pickup trucks from model year 2015 are being recalled due to seat frame attachment hooks that are not properly attached to the vehicle body. The affected trucks are registered in the U.S. and Canada.