Another 12-million vehicles are being added to the Takata airbag recall.
Although some of the expanded recalls have already been announced, a total of eight automakers are recalling over 12-million vehicles in the U.S. for defective inflators, further expanding the largest-ever auto safety recall. Honda is recalling 4.5-million U.S. vehicles while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is adding another 4.3 million, according to documents posted by U.S. regulators. The new recall focuses on passenger-side airbag inflators, while prior recalls were for all frontal inflators.
Toyota has already expanded its recall to include another 1.65-million vehicles, while Subaru is recalling nearly 400,000 in the U.S. The Japanese automakers are also including some discontinued Saab and Pontiac vehicles that were originally assembled for General Motors.
Mazda will recall 730,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Nissan is also recalling 400,000. Even Ferrari isn’t immune to the massive recall, with 2,800 exotics affected in the U.S. Mitsubishi will expand its recall to include about 38,000 Lancer vehicles from the 2006-2007 model years.
One of the biggest hurdles automakers are facing with the massive Takata airbag recall is getting the replacement parts and making sure owners are repairing their cars. Through May 20, just 8.5-million inflators have been replaced. Previously, automakers worldwide had recalled about 50-million vehicles.
Takata could be required by 2019 to recall another 50-million inflators with ammonium nitrate if the company isn’t able to prove that they are safe under an agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
[Source: Automotive News]