Mazda expands recall over Takata airbags image

The Japanese automaker said it has been forced to recall around 1.9 million vehicles worldwide over the faulty airbags made by Takata.

Mazda Motor announced on Friday it has to expand the safety recall campaign over the deadly airbags manufactured by Takata. The automaker said that 1.5 million vehicles have been summoned back to dealers, cars which were produced in Japan and at other overseas plants and sold in Europe, China, Australia and other Asian countries. Mazda is now adding to the recall another 200,000 vehicles in Japan, including the Bongo van, Atenza, Titan commercial truck and the Nissan Vanette and Mitsubishi Delica MPV, which the automaker produced under an agreement. An additional 176,000 models build in Japan for export are also being affected, cars made between 2006 and 2014, the company announced. Separately, Mitsubishi Motors said last week it had recalled a total of around 150,000 Delicas and its Pajero SUV model.

The latest announcements are part of a widening recall which has seen roughly 50 million vehicles affected by Takata’s airbag inflators. Last week, the three largest German automakers said they would call back 2.5 million vehicles from the United States, equipped with the blamed defective airbags, actions that extend the long safety crisis involving the Japanese automotive supplier.

As a consequence, to the scandal, the Japanese automotive supplier is reportedly considering to take some actions to cut the costs, by trimming its global airbag operations. As part of the strategy, Takata explores the idea of consolidating production plants in Europe and reducing overseas staff, local news agency Kyodo News said last week.