Tokyo, Japan — May 30, 2015 — Although this blog has already reported multiple times on the Takata airbag-related recalls, more information is now available as further cars and trucks are included. The Associated Press states that major manufacturers have released model names and years for the newest batch of vehicles recalled over fears of air bag inflator explosions. These manufacturers include Honda, Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, BMW AG and Mitsubishi Motors North America.
Of these, the Fiat Chrysler recall expansion is the largest, as it includes “about 2 million” vehicles around the world, such as the Dodge Durango, Chrysler Aspen and Ram Pickup. While the Mitsubishi expansion is the smallest, it notably extends the recalls from the Gulf Coast region, which has been identified as a highly risky area given the moist climate. Altogether, 11 manufacturers have recalled vehicles due to Takata airbag concerns so far.
In a USA Today article, American Honda Vice President Bruce Smith said that his company has made progress since the initial faults were discovered. Honda is recalling 350,000 more vehicles in the United States as of last week.
“The vast majority of Honda and Acura vehicles impacted by last week’s announcement were already covered by past recalls or safety improvement campaigns,” he said. “In fact, many of these vehicles have already been repaired – we’ve replaced nearly 2 million inflators since 2013, most of those in the last nine months alone.”
The source also quoted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is increasing the number of recalled vehicles to 33.8 million. There have been no new reported deaths linked to the faulty inflators, although more than 100 people have been injured.
Recall information will need to be well-disseminated to be effective, especially so dealers and owners don’t get confused in a series of new recalls on the same cause.