Takata to comply with NHTSA request for US-wide recalls, Nikkei reports

Article by Christian A., on December 5, 2014

Takata Corp. is getting ready to comply with an order from the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to upgrade a regional recall into national one, according to a report by Nikkei. NHTSA last week gave Takata until December 2 to declare that its airbag inflators are defective and to issue a national recall – a move that could add a few more million cars to nearly 8 million already recalled.

If Takata fails to heed the order, NHTSA could impose up to $7,000 per vehicle in fines against the Japanese supplier while forcing the company to issue a recall. According to Nikkei, Takata was already in final preparations to expand the recall that has so far only included places having high humidity.

A Takata spokeswoman, however, remarked that no decision had been made regarding the NHTSA order. A number of carmakers have recalled regionally over 4.1 million cars fitted with Takata airbags – with Honda accounting for over half of the called back units.

Takata, however, has refused to heed requests to a nationwide region, saying that it could divert replacement parts away from the where they are needed the most. In the past few years, around 10 carmakers have recalled globally around 16 million vehicles with the airbags, which has been tied to five deaths.

Auto regulators in Japan have also said a recall of affected vehicles – numbering around 200,000 cars mostly from Honda and Mazda -- could be initiated in the country if Takata complies with NHTSA’s order for nationwide callback in the US.

So far, carmakers have recalled around 2.6 million cars with possibly faulty airbags in Japan. Japan may also see an expanded recall over another issue reported in November regarding an "unusual deployment" of a Takata airbag in a scrapped car.

Topics: nhtsa, takata, airbag, recall

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