The government urged Takata and the Japanese automakers to provide a recall expansion plan of potentially defective airbags by next week.
Following the recent recall expansion in the United States, Takata and the automakers will issue a similar safety campaign in Japan, according to a recent report from the Nikkei newspaper. The paper said that the local government had notified domestic carmakers to recall an additional 7 million vehicles fitted with potentially faulty inflators made by Takata and the authorities are expecting to be informed over the plan by May 20. If all companies comply with the notice, airbag-related recalls in Japan are expected to reach nearly 20 million vehicles, with the global total touching 120 million vehicles, Nikkei said. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week announced a new recall over the issue for another 35 million to 40 million inflators, planned to take place in phases between May 2016 and December 2019, on top of the more than 50 million that have already been recalled globally.
The same Japanese financial daily reported earlier that Honda, which has been deeply affected by this crisis and has been involved in roughly half of the faulty airbag recalls announced so far, will issue another callback for 20 million additional faulty Takata inflators. There have been 11 deaths and more than 100 injuries, mainly in the United States, linked to the crisis, with two more fatalities yet to be confirmed.