Japan’s leading car makers have revealed that the total of vehicles recalled in a scare over faulty airbags will soon top the 35 million mark. The current batch of affected cars are fitted with Takata airbags and built between 2003 and 2008.
Honda was the first to disclose an issue with the Takata airbags back in 2008. Since then Toyota, Nissan and Daihatsu have all been forced into recalling vehicles. The problem lies with the airbag inflators and their seals.
Following a number of incidents alleged to have been responsible for the deaths of six people, an investigation revealed that moisture could seep through the inflators. If left unattended, the research team found the airbags could explode and spew bits of debris inside the vehicle.
An unnamed motor industry worker says Toyota is recalling the highest number of vehicles this time around. The number stands at slightly under 200,000 in the UK and another one million on mainland Europe. The global total of Toyota recalls is five million.
Toyota models subject to the recall include the Yaris, RAV4, Hilux and Corolla. A statement issued on behalf of the manufacturer in the UK says representatives will be contacting owners over the next six weeks to schedule the fitting of replacement parts.
Honda, Daihatsu and Nissan are recalling a total of 6.5 million vehicles worldwide between them. The Daihatsu Mira and Nissan’s Almera and Navara pickup truck are among those scheduled for recall.