The latest Toyota recall of 1.6 million vehicles with defective air bags
represents only a part of the 15 million vehicles with this problem that
the carmaker has recalled since 2013. This recall involves 22 models sold
in Japan, including the Vitz and Corolla, manufactured between January
2004 and December 2005, along with models in Britain, Italy and Spain.
Japan's Takata makes the hazardous inflators that explode too forcefully
and send out shrapnel.
While no one has reported a harmful incident relating to the air bags with
Toyota vehicles, a person in a Nissan car incurred an injury recently
in Japan. However, prior incidents illustrate the danger of the defective
inflators. They have been responsible for eight deaths and hundreds of
The air bag problem has caused Takata's profits to take a nosedive.
Toyota, Nissan, Ford and Honda have elected not to use the defective air
bags in vehicles under construction. Moreover, American carmakers have
recalled 19 million vehicles with the inflators, an action that drove the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to impose on Takata fines of up to $200 million, which is the largest
civil penalty in the organization's history. (For more information, see
Air Bag Manufacturer Takata Faces $70 Million Fine for Defective Air Bags.) In November, Takata reported that recall costs led to a half-year loss
of $45.8 million. The inflator manufacturer also cut 75 percent off its
profit forecast for the year.
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