7 Automakers Announce Recalls Tied to Takata-Made Airbags

There are few things more upsetting or jolting than believing you’ve solved a problem completely only to have it blow up in your face later on in ways worse than you had imagined possible. Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp., the world’s second largest manufacturer of automotive safety components, is experiencing that exact scenario currently. Its airbags built some ten years ago or so are demonstrating a tendency of producing shrapnel in the cabin during an accident, which can then injure the vehicle’s occupants.

Toyota (NYSE:TM) was the main company affected by Takata’s safety issues, but over the weekend, Honda (NYSE:HMC) put forth various recall efforts for some 2.03 million vehicles recently. But Takata’s problems don’t stop there — seven major automakers, including Chrysler, Mazda, Nissan, BMW, and Ford — are all recalling vehicles in some capacity due to issues with Takata-made airbag units.

“We will aim to further strengthen our quality control system and work united as a company to prevent problems from happening again,” Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada said in a statement. It’s still unclear just how many vehicles across all the brands will be affected, but it will likely be in the several million-unit range once the dust has settled. The earlier vehicles are from around 2005, with models being recalled as late as 2008. 

It turns out that excessive moisture plays a role in exacerbating the issue, and as a result, most of the vehicles being recalled are located in relatively tropical climes, like Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Honda is also recalling affected vehicles in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas, though. “Honda has chosen to expand the affected area for these market actions because of similar environmental conditions in those areas,” the company told Autoblog. 

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