The Japanese corporation, the second in the world when it comes to safety systems can add another 3 million cars to its recall list, as Honda and Nissan followed Toyota’s earlier recall.
Honda has the highest part of the new recall, with 2.03 million units, which according to spokeswoman Akemi Ando include the Fit (Jazz) compact model and the well-known CR-V sport utility model. Nissan is globally calling to its services around 755,000 cars.
“We apologize for the trouble caused to our clients,” said Kikko Takai, a Takata spokeswoman. “We take it seriously and will strengthen our quality control to prevent a repeat of the issue.”
Just this month, Japan’s three big carmakers have jointly summoned no less than 5 million cars in relation to the Takata airbag issue, while over the last decade the problem has led to recalls exceeding 10 million autos. The problem lies in the inflator of the airbag, which can explode and send shrapnel throughout the cabin. Takata’s mishandling of high power explosives and the failure to meet standards when installing them has been identified as the most probable root cause for the defect. The US federal safety authority – the NHTSA – is also investigating whether the airbags are more prone to failure in humid area conditions.