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Recall: At least 3.4 million cars from 6 automakers for faulty airbags

Airbag inflators on BMWs, Hondas, Mazdas, Nissans, Pontiacs and Toyotas built between 2000 and 2004 may rupture and cause injuries.

By Exhaust Notes Apr 11, 2013 5:39AM
In a rare supplier-side rippling effect, six automakers are issuing the same recall to fix at least 3.4 million cars due to defective airbags shipped from the Japanese supplier Takata Corp.

Certain Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, BMW and Pontiac models have front passenger airbags with inflators that could rupture and injure occupants during a crash. Honda said the airbags could deploy with too much pressure and cause the casing of the inflator to break apart. Toyota said there could also be a fire risk, which, as we've seen from counterfeit airbags built in China, is plausible.

According to wire reports and emails to MSN Autos, 1.73 million Toyotas, 1.14 million Hondas, 480,000 Nissans, 45,463 Mazdas, 55,000 Pontiacs and an unknown number of BMWs are being recalled, although the exact numbers are still being finalized.

Takata's U.S. division could not be reached for comment.

Within the U.S., Toyota is recalling about 170,000 cars built between 2001 and 2003, including the Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra and Lexus SC 430. Honda is recalling 561,000 cars, including the 2001-2003 Civic, 2002-2003 CR-V and 2002 Odyssey.

Nissan is recalling about 480,000 vehicles worldwide, including 265,367 in the U.S. The 2001-2003 Maxima, Pathfinder, Sentra, Infiniti I35 and Infiniti QX4 are among the affected U.S. models.

Mazda said it was recalling just 149 cars in the U.S., including the 2003-2004 6 sedan and the 2004 RX-8, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

General Motors said it was recalling 55,000 Pontiac Vibe models from the 2003 model year (the Vibe was built by Toyota and shared the Matrix platform). No other GM vehicles are affected.

According to a filing with NHTSA on Thursday, Takata said manufacturing problems at its Washington state and Mexican plants between 2000 and 2001 could cause the inflators to "deteriorate over time." The problems included machines that were not set to automatically reject defective components and propellants that may have been exposed to excess moisture.

Takata said it discovered the problem in October 2011 after an airbag inflator ruptured in Japan and when another ruptured a month later in the U.S. In total, the company said it knew of 12 incidents involving faulty airbags, including six that deployed on cars in Japanese junkyards.

NHTSA said that it was not aware of any related deaths or injuries and that it had not previously opened an investigation.

This airbag recall is Takata's largest single recall since 1995, when about 9 million cars were built with potentially faulty seatbelts. In 2010, Honda had to recall more than 437,000 cars to fix faulty airbags also supplied by Takata.

Honda said it would begin the recall in late May, while Toyota and other automakers did not give a date. Owners can visit www.toyota.com/recall and www.recalls.honda.com for more information. The airbag inflator will be inspected and replaced.

UPDATE, 4/12 10:05 a.m. EST: Nissan has announced the total recall to be about 480,000 cars.

UPDATE, 11:35 a.m. EST: This story has been updated to include details from Takata, NHTSA, GM and BMW.


[Source: Toyota, Honda, Bloomberg, Automotive News, NBC News]
140Comments
Apr 11, 2013 7:17AM
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My Toyota Corolla was recalled and has been in the shop since March 12th...I think they should just go ahead and replace my car since it appears that no parts or components are available.
Apr 11, 2013 7:32AM
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BMW & HONDA use the same parts  well well
Apr 11, 2013 6:44AM
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were not these cars once your best value ?
Apr 11, 2013 6:46AM
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Foreign cars are good they say...buy American!
Apr 11, 2013 7:01AM
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Any car could be subject to a recall. No company is immune.

 

Which cars are foreign and whcih are domestic?

 

Third the quality differance between cars are shrinking. All cars are getting better.

the differance bwtween 10% defect and 1% is large. The differance between 1% and 0.1% not so much

the differance between 0.1%  and .01%. Nondetecable.

Apr 11, 2013 7:48AM
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IS there A N Y T H I N G  else that can go wrong with BMW .  Mine has cost me about   $6000

in  REPAIRS alone to the tune of TRANSFER CASE,  $3000 grand , axle,  the SAME door window THREE times in 4 years  at $ 600. apeice,  wind sheild wiper moter  TWICE for $500. a crack.  O sensors, door trim a thousand times at $100 bucks a peice  AND  NOW  they say transmissions are not so great.  I absolutely LOVE my car but, as amy mechanic if the would own one -- there should be a recall  on BMW  period!!!!!!!!!!!   Everyone I know with a BMW has the same issues - I seriously dont thinks it is by coincidence being that BMW has  full part royalties !!!!  Interesting !

 

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Apr 11, 2013 10:02AM
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Still boggles me how Toyota/Honda can continue to over and over win awards from Consumer Reports, or any auto magazine for quality/reliability?? Once again what people fail to understand is there is a huge difference between ASSEMBLED in American and BUILT in America.  Dig deeper and you will not like what you will find with these transplant auto facilities.  Their automation is foreign,  Support engineering/techs, foreign, spare parts foreign.   Parts suppliers, foreign.  Many of the parts are shipped here from overseas to assemble, not build.  Demand American products and services, it is in your best interest and financial future to do so.  
Apr 12, 2013 2:19AM
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I'll bet Consumer Report still ranks Toyota #1.  I own a 13 year old Ford Ranger and a 2012 Ford Escape.  My son owns a 2003 Ford Explorer and a 2005 Ford Edge and none of these have ever been recalled.  Wake up America!  Every car company has an occasional recall but, Toyota is out doing everyone.  Stop reading Consumer Report and start using your brain.
Apr 11, 2013 8:22AM
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What?

 

No GM, Ford, or Chrysler!!!

 

What the hell is going on?

 

...guess all of the so call auto experts don't know jack when they say Americans don't want to work or Americans can't build quality because we are obsessed with making more money.

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