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Takata saga: 35-million more cars to be recalled?

2016-05-04 08:15

GLOBAL VEHICLE RECALL: A huge global recall triggered by potentially lethal air bags made by Takata Corporation has affected many automakers including Nissan South Africa. Image: AFP

Washington - Wheels24 reported in May that Nissan will recall more than 3.8-million vehicles because the passenger-side airbag may not deploy in a crash due to a defect in the seat sensor.

Nissan South Africa says about 17600 Tiida models are affected.

The local automaker said: "South African Tiida customers are being contacted for the voluntary recall to bring their cars in to be checked and fixed at no cost. Nissan SA has had no incidents reported so far due to potential faulty airbags."

11 fatalities

Now it has emerged, Takata is preparing to recall at least another 35-million airbags in the US to address a defect linked to 11 fatalities, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday (May 3) .

The additional recalls by the Japanese auto parts supplier could be announced as soon as this week, the newspaper said, citing unidentified people familiar with the situation.

Some 50-million Takata airbags have been recalled globally, including roughly 28-million in the United States, to address a defect that can cause the airbag to explode, pummeling a driver or passenger with metal and plastic shrapnel.

Older cars affected

Contacted by AFP, officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration declined comment. The agency had said in February that tens of millions of additional cars in the United States could be recalled.

In spite of numerous probes, US officials have been unable to settle on the exact cause of the problem. However, they believe the problem is more likely to surface in older cars and in climates where humidity is high.

In November, the NHTSA imposed a record $200-million civil fine on Takata for providing inadequate and inaccurate information about its dangerously explosive safety devices installed in millions of cars.


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