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Thu April 11, 2013
Airbag defect prompts large recall for Japanese automakers
There are regular-old recalls, and then there are big recalls.
This recall fits in the big recall category.
Reuters reports four Japanese automakers are recalling 3.4 million vehicles sold around the world because of faulty airbags supplied by the Takata Corp.
The move announced on Thursday is the largest recall ever for airbags made by Takata, the world's second largest supplier of airbags and seatbelts. Shares of Takata tumbled almost 10 percent in Tokyo trading.
The recall is the largest since Toyota pulled back more than 7 million vehicles in October. The scale of the recent safety actions underscore the risk of huge global supply chain problems as automakers increasingly rely on a handful of suppliers for common or similar parts to cut costs, analysts have said.
Here's the problem with the airbags according to Toyota:
The involved vehicles are equipped with front passenger airbag inflators which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers. Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in the event of a crash.
The recall affects Toyotas, Hondas, Nissans, and Mazdas manufactured in or after 2000.
Go to these links to find out if your vehicle is under recall: