Japanese auto makers Toyota and Nissan are recalling 6.5 million vehicles globally in the latest round of an exploding airbag crisis linked to several deaths, according to Yahoo News. Potentially faulty airbag inflators made by Takata are the source of the problem.
Automotive News reports that more than 600,000 of the recalled Toyota cars are in the U.S., and that Nissan's expansion includes an estimated 1.56 million cars worldwide, including about 326,000 in North America.
"This will affect many of our markets, including Japan, Europe and North America," a Nissan spokesman told AFP, adding that the explosion risk was among a range of problems seen in the defective airbags.
Toyota's recall involves 35 models. In the U.S., Toyota is replacing the driver's side front inflators on 160,000 models of the 2004 and 2005 RAV4 nationwide. It's also swapping out the front passenger side parts for 177,000 of the 2003 and 2004 Tundra, and the 2004 Sequoia, as reported by Auto Blog.
"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, said in a statement.
The automaker is also expanding its regional recalls in high-humidity areas to include the passenger-side inflators of 300,000 more vehicles, including the 2005-2007 model-year Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia and Lexus SC; plus the 2005-2006 Tundra is included. A press release from Toyota lists the affected areas as around the Gulf of Mexico for Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Louisiana; and Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii.
Honda may also be wrapped up in this latest recall. A pregnant woman killed in Malaysia allegedly due to the malfunctioning Takata airbag is alleged, and her family has filed suit against both the equipment manufacturer and Honda in a court in Florida, as Auto Blog reports.