Automakers Nissan and Toyota Recall 6.5 Million Vehicles Due to Faulty Airbags, More Recalls to Come
Two powerhouse automotive manufacturers announced on Wednesday, May 13th that they will be launching a voluntary recall of nearly 7 million vehicles worldwide. Nissan and Toyota elected to launch this recall in light of recent concerns that the airbags used in several vehicle models are faulty and dangerous. The company that manufactured the airbags used in these models, Japan's Takata Corp., has been under fire recently due to allegations that their airbags break apart and launch metal shrapnel at drivers upon inflation.
The product recalls on the part of Nissan and Toyota appear to be preliminary and mainly for the purposes of preventing future injuries, and the manufacturers are planning to replace the defective airbags with functioning models. Unfortunately, reports indicate that 6 deaths and approximately 105 injuries have already been linked to Takata airbags.
The injuries and deaths linked to Takata airbags, including five fatalities in the U.S, have all been sustained by drivers in Honda cars. Honda has not launched their own product recall just yet, but did announce that the company is preparing to do so. There is no word yet on the specific models affected, or the number of vehicles that Honda might recall.
At this moment, the recall will include 5 million Toyota and 1.56 million Nissan vehicles. The models currently being recalled include:
• Toyota models manufactured between March 2003 and November 2007.
• Toyota has specifically mentioned that Corolla, RAV4, Vitz and Yaris models built during this period will be recalled, but more models may also be included.
• Nissan has not announced what specific models will be affected, but did say that the recall will include 563,000 Nissan cars in Europe and 326,000 in North America.
The U.S National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced Wednesday that Nissan and Toyota have contacted the safety organization in order to accelerate the recall process and get defective cars off the road as quickly as possible. While their dedication to ensuring consumer safety in a timely fashion may seem commendable, the fact is that dangerous issues with this brand of airbags have been well-documented for years.
Since 2008, Takata airbag inflators have caused more than 31 million total vehicles to be recalled worldwide. The fact that these defective parts were used to manufacture millions of vehicles over a four year period shows that much stronger testing and quality assurance standards are needed in the auto industry. This type of negligence on the part of major auto manufacturers like Honda, Nissan and Toyota puts millions of customers at risk.
We depend on companies to create products that are reliable, effective, and most importantly, safe for use by customers and their families. As consumers, we trust that the products we buy were made with our best interests at heart. When manufacturers and corporations release an inferior or defective product to the public, they put their own profits over the safety of their customers.
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