Toyota Motor Corp.
Honda Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co.
) and Mazda Motor Corp. have decided to recall 3.4 million
vehicles globally for an identical problem. All these automakers
plan to recall vehicles for fixing defective airbag system in
their vehicles, supplied by Japanese auto parts maker Takata
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Toyota revealed that the airbags at the front seat in the
vehicles may not inflate when required while some other automaker
has noticed that the airbag inflator may burst. However, the
automakers have not yet received any reports of injuries or
deaths due to the problem.
Toyota will recall 1.73 million vehicles globally. Among them,
580,000 vehicles will be recalled in North America, 490,000
vehicles in Europe and 320,000 vehicles in Japan. The automaker
will replace the faulty airbags with the new ones and the fixing
will take about one to two and half hours for most of the models.
Honda will recall 1.14 million vehicles worldwide while Nissan
will recall about 480,000 vehicles and Mazda about 45,500
Automotive safety recalls were brought into focus by media after
Toyota's announcement of the largest-ever global recall of 3.8
million vehicles in September 2009, triggered by a high-speed
crash that killed 4 members of a family. Later on, a string of
recalls has led Toyota to face numerous personal injury and
wrongful death lawsuits in federal courts.
A few months ago, the Transportation Department of U.S. slapped a
fine of $17.35 million on Toyota due to a late response regarding
a defect in its vehicles to safety regulators as well as late
recall of those vehicles. According to the department, it was the
maximum allowable fine under the law for not initiating a recall
in a timely manner. The latest fine adds to $48.4 million imposed
by the U.S. government on the company in 2010 due to late recall
of millions of defective vehicles.
General Motors Company
) also recalled 144 units of its newly launched 2013 Buick
Encores in order to fix their steering wheel fastener that may
not have been properly installed. The Detroit-based automaker has
informed that the steering wheel in the vehicles could come loose
or separate from the steering column. The new compact crossover
Encore is built by GM Korea between Dec 9 and Dec 28. The same
model is sold in Europe as Opel Mokka.