If you thought the Takata air bag recall was already big, it’s about to get even bigger.
Wednesday, Toyota and Nissan launched massive expansions of their previous recalls — adding more than 6.5 million vehicles to the list. The recalls involve vehicles equipped with potentially faulty air bags manufactured by the Japanese supplier. Toyota will recall 5 million and Nissan plans to recall 1.5 million more vehicles, according to Bloomberg News. The recalls are in addition to the more than 17 million vehicles subject to earlier recalls from multiple automakers.
The Takata air bags are now blamed for six deaths in Honda’s, five of those in the U.S. and one in Malaysia. The accidents are caused when Takata inflators deploy during a crash. But instead of protecting passengers, they instead send plastic and metal debris flying into the car, injuring and potentially killing passengers.
“Toyota’s focus remains on the safety and security of our customers, and we will continue to respond promptly to new developments so we can resolve issues for them as quickly, conveniently and safely as possible,” said Dino Triantafyllos, chief quality officer, Toyota Motor North America.
Toyota’s new recall includes 160,000 2004 and 2005 RAV4 SUVs in the U.S. and that automaker is also expanding an April, 2013, recall to add 177,000 2003-2004 Tundra pickups and 2004 Sequoia SUVs. Plus, it’s also including another 300,000 vehicles to past recalls of cars driven in mostly southern states with high humidity, which is believed to be a key factor in what has been causing Takata air bags to spew shrapnel when they deploy. The expansion now includes 2005 to 2007 Toyota Corollas, Matrixes, and Sequoias; 2005 and 2006 Tundras; and 2005 to 2007 Lexus SCs. But it only applies to those cars whose owners have them in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, Hawaii and some American territories.
Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall.
The smaller Nissan recall covers 1.56 million vehicles that were built between 2004 and 2007.