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Toyota and Nissan Expanding Takata Recall

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Kelsey Tucker2 years ago

Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. are expanding their recalls over problem air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp.

About the Takata Recall

Toyota will be recalling another 6.5 million vehicles globally, with some 637,000 in the United States and 1.4 million in Japan, while Nissan is recalling 1.56 vehicles globally, with 326,000 in the United States, 288,000 in Japan and 563,000 in Europe.

The recall affects 35 Toyota models produced from March 2003 through November 2007, including the Corolla subcompact, RAV4 sport utility vehicle and Tundra pickup, and the Nissan Sentra compact, Caravan van and X-Trail sport utility vehicle, made from 2004 through 2007.

The front driver-seat and passenger air bag inflators can deploy abnormally or rupture, and put a person in a crash at greater risk.

Nissan's Takata-related recalls have grown to about 4 million vehicles, where Toyota's Takata-related recalls have escalated to 8.1 million.

Toyota has said that they will continue to use Takata, but will replace the problem inflators on the driver side with inflators made by Daicel Corp., another Japanese supplier.

NHTSA Fines Takata Over Recall

Since February 20, the NHTSA has been fining Takata $14,000 per day for allegedly dumping documents on the agency without the legally required explanation of what is in them. The fines have now reached about $1 million. Takata has denied the allegations that they are not cooperating fully with the investigation. 

Even before these latest recalls, 10 automakers recalled more than 17 million vehicles in the United States and 22 million worldwide because of the Takata air bag issue. 

In the U.S. alone, there could be as many as 30 million vehicles with Takata air bags.


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