Takata Airbag Recall: Toyota, Nissan And Mitsubishi To Fix 3.2 Million Cars

Jun 25, 2015 03:43 PM EDT | John Nassivera


Takata's faulty airbags continue to be a problem, with Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi announcing Thursday that they will expand the recall issued to fix the problem.

The new recalled vehicles will include 2.86 million cars for Toyota, 198,000 for Nissan and 120,000 for Mitsubishi, totaling 3.2 million cars globally, according to BBC News. The Toyota models include 24 made between April 2003 and December 2008, while Nissan's include Navaras, Caravans and Teanas made between April 2007 and December 2008.

The announcement follows a week after Toyota recalled 1.37 million cars in the U.S. after Takata followed an order from U.S. regulators to declare more defective airbags.

Takata's problem affects other countries as well, with Toyota saying it will recall 1.729 million cars connected to the issue in Europe and 190,000 in China, CNBC News reported.

The defective airbags are believe to be linked to a chemical propellant designed to inflate it, which could cause the airbags to explode and send metal shrapnel flying, BBC News reported. The issue is also connected to eight deaths, all of which occurred in Honda vehicles.

Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada apologized to shareholders at a news conference on Thursday for the first time since the beginning of the airbag issue.

"We are a company that should be providing safety. Our product quality should be assured," Takada said. "There are many things needing improvement. We must consider how to do that and also how to better manage our supply chain."

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