Following the recently announced recall expansion, automakers are crowding to issue safety campaigns over Takata’s defective airbags.
Takata declared in mid-May 14 million defective inflators in the United States, thus marking the first wave that was part of the massive recall expansion of 35 million to 40 million airbags that have to be phased out by December 2019. Therefore, just within a week, 15 automakers have called back nearly 16.4 million vehicles in the US to replace the faulty parts, of which six companies issued such safety notices only on Thursday, affecting 2.5 million vehicles. The latest recalls include 1.9 million SUVs and trucks from General Motors, 217,000 models from Volkswagen’s Audi, 200,000 from Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz USA division, 92,000 from BMW, 54,000 from Tata’s Jaguar Land Rover and 5,100 from Daimler Vans USA.
Earlier this week, Ford also recalled around 1.9 million vehicles, while last week eight other automakers said 12 million cars in the United States need to pay a visit to their dealers, including 4.5 million US vehicles from Honda, 4.3 million from Fiat Chrysler and 1.6 million from Toyota.
The defective airbags made by the Japanese auto supplier have been linked to at least 13 deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. Takata, which posted a net loss of 13.1 billion yen (120 million dollar) for the financial year ended in March, has hired investment bank Lazard to help the company put together a restructuring plan, as the expenses over the recalls are expected to blow up.