Airbag Defect Causes Recall: Takata Airbag Problems Lead to Massive Recall
In an unusually wide-ranging vehicle recall, car makers Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda have announced a global recall of nearly 3.3 million vehicles because of a defect in the passenger air bag system. According to the recall notice, it’s possible for the air bag to deploy with too much force, sending metal shards into the passenger area.
Overall, the recalls include about 1.7 million Toyotas, 1.1 million Hondas, nearly a half million Nissans and 20,000 Mazdas. Of the more than 3 million vehicles being recalled, approximately 1.4 million are in the United States.
This isn’t a new problem for Honda, which has had a persistent problems with air bag systems, having recalled nearly two million vehicles to date for the same sort of problem, only with the driver’s side air bags, Honda officials released a statement claiming that it was unaware of any injuries related to the current defect, but they reported 18 injuries and two deaths linked to the previous air bag problem. Honda did note that the current problem was different because the passenger air bag problem shot the metal shards downward toward the passenger’s feet, while the driver’s side problem shot the metal pieces straight at the driver.
In the United States, the Honda models being recalled include 43,000 CR-V models from model years 2002 and 2003; 426,000 Civics from 2001 through 2003; and 92,000 Odyssey minivans from 2002. The Mazdas involved are the 2003 and 2004 Mazda 6 and the 2004 RX-8. The Nissans being recalled are the Nissan Maxima, the Infiniti FX, the Infiniti QX4, the Pathfinder and the Sentra, all from model years 2000 through 2004.
Expect more recalls stemming from this problem. The air bags causing the problem were manufactured by Japan-based supplier Takata Corporation, which filed a report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), noting that the same defective products were also sold to General Motors and BMW. GM will be recalling about 48,000 2003 Pontiac Vibes as a result.
There is enough to think about whenever we’re driving; we shouldn’t have to worry about whether the systems designed to keep us safe might hurt us instead. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, and you think an automotive defect, airbag defect, or recalled defect may be a cause, call the Texas Automotive Defect Lawyers at Hill Law Firm today.