The three biggest car manufacturers in Japan are now expanding an already large airbag recall. Takata Corp makes the faulty airbags, and now the company is taking back millions for investigation. Thus far, Toyota and Nissan are recalling over 6.5 million vehicles due to the airbags, and Honda has since reported it will follow their lead. Takata estimates that the recall will rise to 31 million vehicles, and will include models from 2008 made with the faulty airbag inflators. The risk is associated with the airbag erupting with too much force and causing shrapnel to fly within the vehicle.
Ford Motor has also recalled Takata airbags and is the largest U.S. recall topping at 21 million vehicles. According to the NHTSA, Toyota, Nissan, and the Japanese government have been in contact with the U.S. safety agency over the issue, and will announce new steps to help facilitate the growing recall. Thus far, six deaths have been linked to the faulty airbags, and all were from Honda vehicles. Toyota and Nissan had no reports of injuries from the recall but issued the recall as a precautionary measure. Now, Takata is facing multiple class action lawsuits from the U.S. and Canada.
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