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Toyota, Nissan Recalling 6.5 Million Vehicles for Takata Airbags

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/13/2015 Erick Ayapana

The Takata airbag crisis is far from over. Today, Toyota and Nissan announced they will recall at least 6.5 million vehicles worldwide, a significant addition to the already massive total of vehicles that may have faulty Takata airbag inflators.

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The majority of the recalled vehicles are from Toyota. The automaker says it’s recalling around 5 million Corolla, Yaris, and other models and states that 637,000 of those vehicles are located in the U.S. At least 1.36 million are in Japan, with 1.27 million located in Europe.

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Meanwhile, Nissan says it’s recalling 1.56 million vehicles, though it hasn’t specified which models are affected. The automaker says 326,000 of the recalled vehicles are in North America, while others are spread throughout Asia and Europe. Toyota and Nissan say no accidents or injuries have been linked to the vehicles in this batch of recalls.

Nissan is still working on a plan to replace the faulty deflators. Toyota will replace the front driver-side inflators with new ones form Daicel Corp., but must turn to Takata for passenger-side replacements because none are available from other suppliers, Automotive News reports.

In all, at least 17 million Takata airbags have been recalled since 2008. The defective devices could spray metal shrapnel through the cabin when deployed. At least six deaths and 100 injuries have been linked to the airbags, affecting a number of automakers including BMW, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, and General Motors.

Numerous studies and investigations are underway to find the cause of the faulty airbags. Multiple automakers recently commissioned an aerospace firm to research the issue, while regulators in Japan and the U.S. are also taking part in the investigation.

In addition to Toyota and Nissan, Automotive News reports that Honda is preparing to recall more vehicles. Earlier this week, AN reported that American Honda launched an effort to recover an estimated 24,000 faulty Takata airbags from U.S. salvage yards. The automaker has around 3,900 of those units so far.

Source: Automotive News, 2 (Subscription required)

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