Toyota has recalled 650,000 more vehicles in Japan containing defective airbags produced by Takata Corp. This brings the total number of recalled vehicles – with different carmakers – equipped with Takata airbags to around 7 million in the last five years.
Takata disclosed that there could be more recalls from other carmakers over issues on tracking potential glitches with airbag inflators made in 2001 and 2002 at its Mexico site, where it had discovered record-keeping errors. A number of carmakers like Toyota, Honda, Nissan and BMW recalled around 3.6 million vehicles last year due to defective Takata airbag inflators that may explode during an accident.
Toyota said it would tell its dealers in the United States and other markets to replace dubious Takata inflators on covered by the 2013 recall – unlike before when only who those determined to be defective after an inspection would be replaced. The 2013 recall costs Takata around $300 million.
Takata had told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it improperly stored chemicals and spoiled the manufacture of the explosive propellants used for inflating air bags.
The supplier said it also maintained inadequate quality-control records, which means that it was impossible to determine which vehicles have potentially faulty inflators.
On the other hand, NHTSA has launched a preliminary evaluation of around 1.1 million vehicles equipped with Takata airbag modules, covering MY2002- 2006 models from Chrysler, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota. NHTSA said it is aware six incidents -- in Florida and Puerto Rico -- in which a frontal airbag ruptured. Three of the incidents were discovered via complaints to NHTSA, while the others were disclosed by Takata and Toyota.