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2014 was not a good year for Japanese air bag manuacturer Takata Corp. A spate of of global recalls by manufacturers oveer fualty air bags had put the Japanese company in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Now to compound their problems further Japan’s three biggest carmakers are expanding on action taken last year and issuing a massive global recall over the same issue. This week statements were issued from Toyota, Nissan and Honda saying roughly of 10 million vehicles worldwide will be taken back for investigation.
 

36 Million Vehicles Affected since 2008

The announcements raise to roughly 36 million the number of vehicles recalled due to Takata air bag faults since 2008. The problem ith the air bags is that they can potentially erupt with too much force spraying shrapnel inside the car endangering the lives of drivers and passengers alike.
 
When asked about the latest recalls, a spokeswoman for Takata said a probe into the causes for the air bag defects was ongoing and that the company would continue to cooperate with the automakers.
 
So far six deaths have been linked to the defective Takata airbags, all on cars made by Honda. Fortunately Toyota and Nissan have both stated that their recalls were precautionary and that no accidents or injuries had been reported thus far.
 
All three manufacturers declined to provide any more information about the suspected defects, but in documents submitted to Japan’s transport ministry, the automakers said they had identified problems with inflators that were not sufficiently sealed and that were at risk of allowing in moisture during extended use.
 

Makes, Models & Markets Affected

Toyota, Japan’s biggest automaker, said it would recall just under 5 million Corolla, Vitz and other models, mostly in Japan and Europe.
 
Nissan said it was recalling about 1.56 million cars globally over the same problem. The automaker said nine models in Japan were affected, including the X-Trail SUV, Fuga sedan and Isuzu Como van. It did not immediately provide details on models affected in other markets.
 
Honda said that the models affected included the Fit subcompact and would not affect its cars sold in the US, where most of the deaths occurred.
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Takata faces multiple class action lawsuits in the United States and Canada as well as a U.S. criminal investigation and a regulatory probe.

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