Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi Expand Recalls To Cover Passenger-Side Air Bags

Dec 11, 2014 11:40 AM EST | Jordan Ecarma

Three Japanese automakers have recalled thousands more vehicles in connection with faulty Takata air bags that can explode.

Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi have announced more recalls in various markets worldwide to repair vehicles equipped with passenger-side air bags after an explosion in a Toyota vehicle was recently reported, according to the Associated Press.

The latest news brings the total number of vehicles recalled in Japan for problematic Takata air bags to 3.05 million. Inflator-related recalls worldwide have surpassed 14 million vehicles.

Nissan is recalling 83,000 vehicles in Japan, conducting repairs on select makes of the Presage, X-Trail and other models; around 6,000 vehicles in China; 49,000 in Europe; and 14,000 in other markets, including North America.

Honda's safety campaign includes recalling 400,000 vehicles worldwide, affecting the Fit, Stream, CR-V and other models. "That includes 175,000 in Japan; 6,000 in North America, excluding the U.S. where a recall has already been carried out; 16,000 in South America; 100,000 in Europe; 70,000 in Asia and 30,000 in other regions," the AP reported.

Mitsubishi's recall affects 300 Lancer cars in Japan, the automaker stating that a similar recall has already been conducted in the U.S.

While no accidents or injuries have been related to the latest recalls, faulty driver's air bags that explode and spray shrapnel at the vehicle's occupants have been connected with at least five deaths as well as dozens of injuries.

Last month, an explosion occurred in a Toyota vehicle that was being scrapped in Gifu Prefecture, central Japan. Air bags are purposely deployed during the typical scrapping process in the country.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been urging automakers to expand their Takata-related recalls nationwide. While some carmakers have complied, the Japanese supplier has been resistant to expand from limited regional recalls for the faulty inflators.

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