The Takata airbag scandal has been ongoing since at least 2004, and possibly as far back as 1999 when the company began manufacturing airbags with ammonium nitrate. It wasn’t until 2008, however, that Honda began issuing the first recalls to replace the defective bags. In May of 2015, Takata agreed to recall as many as 32 million airbags with the faulty inflators. Included automakers are Honda, Toyota, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Subaru, and many others. By 2016, as many as ten deaths were linked to the airbags. Now, Honda and Toyota are recalling another million vehicles to fix faulty airbags. Time Magazine reports.
The recalls come after the airbag manufacturer, Takata, announced that a further 3.3 million inflators are defective. The recalls only serve to further inflate the largest series of recalls in United States history.
So far, 19 automakers have had to recall some 69 million inflators in 42 million vehicles.
Toyota is recalling an additional 601,000 vehicles and owners will be notified beginning by March.
The recall covers the following:
- 2009, 2010, and 2013 Toyota Matrix, Corolla, Scion xB, Lexus IS 250 and 350 models.
- 2010 and 2013 Toyota 4-Runner, Lexus IS 250C and 350C, and Lexus GX 460 models.
- 2009 and 2010 Toyota Yaris and Lexus ES 350 models.
- 2013 Toyota Sienna models.
Honda is recalling an additional 465,000 vehicles along with 960 Gold Wing Motorcycles.
Their recall covers the following:
- 2009-2012 Acura RL and Honda Accord models.
- 2009-2013 Acura TSX, Honda Fit, Honda Ridgeline, and Honda Pilot models.
- 2009-2011 Honda Civic, Honda CR-V, and Honda Element models.
- 2010-2013 Honda Crosstour, Honda Insight, and Acura ZDX models.
- 2011-2013 Acura TSX models.
- 2013 Honda FCX Clarity and Honda Fit EV models.