15 May 2015
Recall of Faulty Toyota and Nissan Airbags Linked to 5 Deaths
Car manufacturers, Toyota and Nissan, are set to recall 6.5 million cars worldwide in order to assess airbags that have been linked to the deaths of five people.
This increases the total number of cars recalled by leading manufacturers since 2008 to a staggering 31 million with the figure set to continue soaring with plans for Honda to implement further recalls.
The leading Japanese car companies are facing mass recalls of cars that have been installed with Takata air bags, which have been putting millions of drivers around the world at risk. The fault has been identified as a defect that makes the airbags deploy incorrectly, rendering them likely to rupture in the event of a road traffic accident. Some Takata airbags are said to discharge metal shards when deployed.
Sky News believe that 160,000 cars have been affected by this faulty product in the UK.
35 Toyota models built between 2003 and 2007 have been affected, including Corrola, RAV4, Tundra and Vitz.
Nissan are to recall over 100,000 in the UK, with models including 2004 to 20-built Narava Pickups, Patrol Pickups, Almera, Tino, Terrano and X-Trail. Nissan intend to notify customers in June, stating: "Nissan dealers will test the subject inflators, and replace the inflator as necessary. This recall will be carried out at no cost to customers for parts or labour."
Further to this, Honda has announced a worldwide recall of 4.9 million more cars fitted with Takata airbags.
Investigations exposed a defect that makes it possible for moisture to weaken airbags’ seals, meaning they risk erupting under force and spraying a passenger with metal. These will include 260,000 UK cars.
Faults in Takata airbags were first brought to public notice by truck manufacturer, Isuzu, in 2001. There have since been annual recalls – with the exception of 2012. A teenager in Oklahoma, USA, was the first victim of a fatal injury linked to the faulty airbags. When her 2001 Honda Accord crashed, the airbag exploded, firing metal shards into the victim’s neck.
Tragic events such as these may have been avoided, had the airbag performed as it should. This raises a question of liability, with car manufacturers and the makers of faulty airbags the subject of potential compensation claims.
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