Toyota, Honda to recall over 6-M cars over faulty air bags

Kyodo News

Posted at Jan 22 2020 07:42 PM

TOKYO - Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. will recall over 6 million vehicles globally due to problems in airbags that could pose a danger to drivers and passengers, the Japanese automakers said Wednesday.

Toyota said its recall involving airbags made by US parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen AG affects a total of 3.42 million vehicles in North, Central and South America, while a total of 361,000 units worldwide equipped with air-bag inflators produced by the now-defunct Takata Corp. are also targeted for recall.

Honda said it will recall a total of 2.7 million units in Canada and the United States, due to a malfunction in Takata air-bag inflators.

The fault related to the Takata airbags is different from the one blamed for Takata's massive worldwide recalls before its collapse in 2017.

The recalls came after US and Japanese safety regulators ordered automakers to conduct an investigation last year following two accidents involving Corolla's airbags in Australia, one fatal, where airbags did not inflate.

An official at Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said Wednesday as a result of the investigation, a total of 160,000 to 170,000 units manufactured by seven automakers could be subject to recalls in the country.

The seven automakers are Toyota, Honda, Mazda Motor Corp., Suzuki Motor Corp., Mitsubishi Motors Corp., Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp., and BMW AG's Japan unit.

Toyota's recall of 3.42 million units covers four models, including Corollas manufactured between 2011 and 2019. Its recalls related to Takata air-bag inflators, meanwhile, covers 21 models made between 1997 and 1999 and sold in Japan, North America, Europe, Oceania and other regions.

Honda's recalls cover its namesake model and the Acura vehicles produced between 1996 and 2003.

In 2017, Takata filed for bankruptcy with debts of over 1 trillion yen ($9 billion) -- the biggest bankruptcy for a Japanese manufacturer in the postwar era -- after its faulty airbags led to the deaths of more than 20 people and massive recalls around the world.