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Honda, Nissan, Toyota add 11 million vehicles to airbag recall

Total number of potentially affected vehicles now stands at about 35 million

Published: May 15, 2015, 3:00 PM
Updated: July 30, 2015, 7:49 PM

fully deployed airbag

The Takata airbag recall continues to rack up the numbers, with another 11 million vehicles added in the past couple days.

That brings the total number of vehicles potentially afflicted with the faulty airbag inflators that can spray shrapnel into a vehicle’s cabin to about 35 million. The problem seems to be most prevalent in high-humidity regions, and has been linked to a six fatalities primarily in the southern U.S. states and territories.

The latest to request owners bring their vehicles in to be inspected and replaced is Daihatsu, with Honda, Nissan and Toyota expanding the numbers on their rosters. That brings the total number of affected automakers to 11, with Daihatsu recalling 260,000 models sold in Japan.

And there could be as many as 30 million more models in the U.S. alone added to the action.

There has been a delay in finding enough replacement units to install in potentially affected vehicles but it’s also becoming increasingly problematic from a scheduling standpoint — finding inspection time slots at dealerships for all those vehicles.

Takata has a close supplier relationship with Honda and so it’s no surprise the automaker is again the hardest hit in the latest round of recalls, adding another 4.89 million units to the list to bring its total to nearly 20 million vehicles.

The airbag maker has been under increasing pressure from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to expand its recall, which it has resisted despite its primary clients (noted above) adding vehicles to their recall lists. The company is fined $14,000 every day by NHTSA.