Toyota & Nissan Expand Takata Airbag Recall, 6.5 Million Vehicles Affected Worldwide

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General Motors recently announced that half a million of its vehicles are being recalled for minor faults with the safety belt and seat frame attachment hooks. Put into perspective, the Detroit carmaker’s tally pales in comparison to Toyota and Nissan’s latest campaign.
A mind-boggling 6.5 million vehicles of all shapes and sizes are covered. That 4.6 times less than General Motors 2014 worldwide recall tally (all 84 campaigns amass to 30.43 million cars, SUVs and pickup trucks). The headline offers a glimpse on what went wrong - sub-standard airbags produced by Takata of Japan.

Though the problem is different from the inflators that deployed with too much force of yesteryear, the end result is similar: driver and front passenger inflators could deploy abnormally, increasing injury risk in the eventuality of a crash. Combined with all the previous Takata airbag-related recalls, an estimated 8.1 million Toyota-made automobiles have been recalled to date.

The release below contains all Toyota models in dire need of replacement airbags, ranging from the cheap and cheerful Corolla to the Sequoia full-size SUV. The 2005-2007 model year Lexus SC is affected too.

Dino Triantafyllos, chief quality officer at Toyota, said that the “focus remains on the safety and security of our customers, and we will continue to respond promptly to new developments so we can resolve issues for them as quickly, conveniently and safely as possible.”

Both Toyota and Nissan reported that no deaths or injuries are related to this 6.5-million strong safety recall. On Nissan’s end of the plate, the 1.56 million newly recalled cars ballooned the automaker’s Takata airbag-related tally to approximately 4 million vehicles. Model year 2004 through 2007 Sentra, Caravan and X-Trail models are the vehicles in question. If you’re not sure if you car is affected, we recommend to get in touch with your nearest dealer or use the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration search feature.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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