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Japanese Automakers Recall 2 Million Vehicles Over Air-Bag Problem

The AP reports, “Toyota, Honda and Nissan are recalling more than 2 million vehicles globally for an identical problem with air bags on the passenger side whose inflator may burst, sending plastic pieces flying.” The AP notes that “the recall for air bags made by Japan’s Takata Corp. affects other automakers including non-Japanese manufacturers, and may be as many as 3 million vehicles, Takata spokesman Akiko Watanabe said Thursday.” The AP notes that “a worker forgot to turn on the switch for a system weeding out defective products and parts were improperly stored, which exposed them to humidity, according to Honda spokeswoman Akemi Ando.”

CNN Money also reports that “Honda said it was aware of one crash in which a passenger front airbag casing had ruptured after being deployed with too much pressure” but is not aware of any injuries or deaths resulting from the defect. Meanwhile, “Toyota said it had reports of five airbag malfunctions, but no injuries.”

Japanese automakers issue airbag recall, American manufacturers may follow.

In continuing coverage of the major networks and may national medial outlets reported on the recall by Japanese automakers of over three million vehicles worldwide due to an airbag defect. Due to a supplier defect, passenger airbags can deploy too forcefully, sending shards of metal flying toward the occupants. Takata Corportation also supplies American manufacturers, so additional recalls are expected.

ABC World News reported, “Tonight Toyota, Honda, Nissan and other auto makers are recalling three million vehicles worldwide, many owned by Americans. The air bags, which were made more than a decade ago by a Japanese supplier, do not inflate properly. They can send plastic or metal pieces flying into passengers.” ABC notes that no injuries have been reported.

NBC Nightly News reported, “Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mazda all use the same manufacturer for their air bags. They all have the same defect.”

The New York Times notes that “among the automakers, Honda has had the most serious, continuing problem with air bags.” The Times also reports that “the bags were produced by the Japanese supplier Takata Corporation, which also sold some of the defective products to General Motors and BMW, according to a report Takata filed Thursday with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Washington. About 48,000 2003 Pontiac Vibes, which is a mechanical sibling of the Toyota Matrix, will be recalled, a G.M. spokesman, Alan Adler, wrote in an e-mail.”

The Los Angeles Times reports, “The problem was reported to Japanese safety regulators late Wednesday night, but since the part manufactured by Takata Corp. is used internationally, it probably affects more automakers. ‘Takata supplies a lot of U.S. manufacturers too,’ said Michelle Krebs, an analyst with auto information company” The Times notes that “all of the recalled cars announced so far were produced from 2000 to 2004.”

Also reporting on the recall are ReutersBloomberg News, the Detroit Free PressNPRUSA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, the Detroit News, and the Washington Times.

From the American Association for Justice news release.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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