Japanese automakers Honda and Nissan have recalled around 2.3 million more cars globally to fix faulty airbags provided by Takata Corp.
Tokyo-based Takata Corp. is one of the main manufacturers and suppliers of various car parts such as airbags, steering wheels, seat belts, and more to some of the well-known carmakers of the world. However, some of the airbags provided by the Japanese supplier to Honda and Nissan seem to be defective.
Latest report suggests that Nissan is recalling around 755,000 cars globally and Honda is recalling about two million vehicles. According to a BBC report, the defective parts of Nissan and Honda vehicles in question "could cause the airbag inflator to rupture and deploy the airbag abnormally in a crash".
"No accidents have been reported related to Monday's recalls. Honda Motor Co. recalled 2.03 million vehicles for the airbag problem, including 1.02 million vehicles in North America and nearly 669,000 vehicles in Japan. That came on top of a million vehicles Honda recalled last year for similar Takata airbag woes," per NBCNews.
Takata Corp. is the second-largest automotive safety part maker in the world. The Japanese company is said to have issued a letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about the defective airbags, which were made between January 1, 2004 and June 30, 2007. The letter also suggests that some of the passenger side airbags manufactured between June 2000 and July 31, 2004 may also be defective.
Honda is the biggest customer for Takata Corp. Since 2008, the Japanese automaker has recalled around six million vehicles globally due to problems arising from the parts supplied by Takata Corp. Honda, Nissan and Toyota together have recalled near to five million vehicles in June this year itself due to the faulty airbags provided by Takata Corp.
Takata Corp. says that Honda and Nissan are not the only companies, which may have been affected with the faulty airbags. Other companies such as Toyota, BMW, Ford Motors, Chrysler and Mazda Motor Corp. may have also fitted their cars with the defective airbags. Takata Corp. says that if carmakers agree it will support them to fix the airbag defects in their cars.
Takata Corp. may lose some customers due to the ongoing defective airbag issue. Rivals of the company may now have the opportunity to grab some part of Takata's market share.