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Japanese carmakers recall millions of cars due to explosive air bags

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Honda Motor Co. announced that it is joining fellow Japanese automakers, Mazda And Nissan in recalling more cars globally with potentially explosive driver and passenger side air bags manufactured by Takata Corp in 2000-2002, after it was found that they could send shrapnel into the car’s occupants. This brings the total recall (thus far) to approximately around 10.5 million vehicles over the past 5 years.The air bags were reportedly “handled and processed at plants in the US and Mexico.

Honda said it was recalling about 2.03 million, while Mazda said it would recall 159,807 vehicles, and Nissan Motor Co will recall 755,000 vehicles.

According to Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada and Chief Operating Officer Stefan Stocker “the company was working with safety regulators and car makers, and has requested that additional auto manufacturers including Chrysler and Ford to cooperate on investigations related to vehicles sold in the United States that carry inflators, some of them made after 2002.” And will also assist them in replacing certain air bag inflators it made in 2000-07 for vehicles in some high humidity regions in the United States such as Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, the company said..” This follows an investigation by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) into whether weather conditions there contribute to the risk of air bag explosions.

In the meantime, Honda, Mazda and Nissan announced that customers in Japan can bring their cars into dealerships there to have the airbags turned off as a safety measure. Earlier this month Japanese car makers including Toyota, as well as BMW recalled 7.6 million vehicles equipped with potentially defective air bags.
For more information readers can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, West Building, Washington DC 20590 888 327-4236 or go online to www.nhtsa.gov

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