Honda airbag

The current round of Takata airbag recalls continues – now Daihatsu is in on it. The mini-car automaker has said it is recalling 260,000 vehicles pertaining to the issue, but states that all of its affected models are confined to the Japanese market.

The Daihatsu recall joins the ones issued by Toyota and Nissan on Wednesday – in which a total of 6.5 million vehicles were recalled – and that which Honda announced yesterday, involving 4.89 million vehicles.

Honda’s campaign covers 17 nameplates, which includes models such as the CR-V, Civic, Accord and Fit (Jazz), all built between 2002 to 2008. The affected vehicles were made in Japan, Thailand and the United States, but it has been reported that the exercise doesn’t involve cars made for the US market. According to Honda, no airbags with same design involved in the latest recall were installed in US-spec models.

Out of the total, 1.72 million vehicles are Japanese market vehicles, while the remainder cover other regions – according to news reports, the automaker has said it will announce the regional breakdowns locally. It was also reported that for the Honda recall, a total of 1.67 million units had faulty airbag inflators on the driver’s side airbag while the remaining 3.22 million had problematic front passenger’s side airbag.

Honda has said it will replace the driver-side inflators made by Takata with inflators made by Autoliv and Daicel, while the Takata inflators on the passenger-side will be swapped for ones from Daicel and Takata. Daihatsu, meanwhile is replacing the Takata inflators with new ones from Takata.

Earlier, Toyota said that the driver-side airbag inflator in its affected vehicles will be replaced by one from Daicel, while the replacement for the passenger-side airbag inflator will continue to be supplied by Takata. Locally, UMW Toyota announced on Wednesday that it had issued a nationwide recall for 97,000 Toyota vehicles assembled between 2001 and 2007.

Last November, Honda Malaysia recalled 15,734 vehicles to replace faulty Takata-made driver-side airbags in them – the models affected were 15,612 units of the Honda City sold in 2003 and 2004 as well as 122 units of the fully-imported Honda Jazz sold in 2004.

Elsewhere, the reports add that Mazda has said it was determining if the current findings warrant a similar recall of its vehicles. Following the latest spate of recalls, the total number of vehicles that have been affected by faulty Takata airbags since 2008 now stand at around 36 million, of which 19.6 million have been from Honda alone.