The second-largest Japanese automaker, Nissan, has announced it was recalling at least 80,000 vehicles delivered to Mexican customers to initiate checks over potential failures coming from Japanese auto safety parts supplier Takata Corp.
According to a company spokesperson, the exact number of recalled cars is of 84,671 units, all manufactured between early 2011 and late 2014, according to figures posted on the website of Mexico’s consumer protection agency (Profeco). Takata-produced airbag inflators have a tendency to explode with excessive force in case of an accident, sending metal debris and parts flying at high velocity inside the cabin. So far, five fatalities have been linked to the defective parts, all of them occurring in Honda-manufactured cars.
In Mexico, according to Profeco, Nissan is not the only carmaker to recall autos because of the flaw, with Honda, BMW and Toyota also ordering recall campaigns this month – the latter together have a combined total of nearly 75,000 units, further elaborated the agency.
Separately, as more than 20 million vehicles have been recalled around the world because of the Takata issue, the Mexican Auto Industry Association (AMIA) announced that the country’s government officials and carmakers have had encounters about the potential deadly defect in the last couple of weeks.