Toyota reissues recall for 1.6 million cars after another airbag issue

Toyota reissues recall for 1.6 million cars after another airbag issue image

Toyota Motor Corp said it has to reissue a recall for 1.6 million cars in Japan for a possible issue over Takata’s inflators.

Yet another piece of news about Takata’s airbags. After an initial recall in Mai and June, Toyota is forced to call back 1.6 million cars in Japan to check a component in Takata’s airbags system. The decision was made after an incident in which a Nissan car was involved in. A component that was believed to be safe caused an injury to a passenger last month. Toyota said it was asking owners of roughly 20 domestic models produced between 2004 and 2008, including the Vitz, to have their cars re-inspected for airbag defects. This came after a previous recall which prioritized the replacement of Takata air bag inflators based on whether dealers found air leaks, according to Masato Sahashi, a Japan transport ministry official. The reissued recall has been determined by an inflator incident which caused an injury to a passenger in a Nissan X-Trail SUV last month in Japan.

Toyota is recalling around 12 million cars due to Takata’s faulty airbags. According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 98 incidents reported over Takata’s inflators problems last month, of which five involved a Toyota model. The Japanese automotive supplier caused a massive 19 million recalls and almost 100 injuries in the US.

Takata’s crisis is deepening after Mazda, Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Ford have decided not to use ammonium nitrate inflators anymore for future cars. The company reported a 70-million-dollar loss in the second quarter and cut its full-year net income forecast to a quarter of its earlier projection.

Via Bloomberg

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