Takata airbag recall issue – Mazda, Subaru and Mitsubishi add 715,000 vehicles to the massive list


There seems to be no end to the Takata airbag recall issue – following the recalls issued by Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Daihatsu over faulty airbag inflators earlier this month, three more automakers have announced that they are adding vehicles to the list.

Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru have now expanded the scope of the largest automotive safety recall in history, to the tune of 715,000 vehicles.

Mitsubishi is recalling 512,000 vehicles, of which 100,165 are in Japan and around 412,000 in global markets. The carmaker did not divulge the countries or models that are affected by the global recalls, saying formal notices had not yet been filed.

Mazda, meanwhile, is recalling nearly 112,000 vehicles in Japan, and affected models include the Atenza sedan, Bongo van and two models the company builds for Nissan and Mitsubishi for the domestic market. As for Subaru, it is recalling 91,151 Imprezas in Japan, and reports indicate that 33,548 Impreza models made between 2004 and 2007 are being recalled in Australia.

Last week, it was reported that Takata had acknowledged that a defect exists in its airbag inflators, and had agreed to a national recall in the US of certain types of driver and passenger side airbag inflators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Takata announced that the parts manufacturer’s recall on defective airbag inflators was set to expand to nearly 34 million vehicles in the US.

It was also reported that in ballistic testing undertaken by the company of 30,000 inflators taken from recalled vehicles, 265 units of its airbag inflators had ruptured.

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  • Takata seems like having deep trouble and may enter into receivership

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    • Ah Beng ProtonFan on May 25, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      Hahaha thought you all buy Proton so can not problem.

      Not like lousy Japan car expensive yet safety Zero !!!

      Rakyat use your brain think, Proton the best car manufacturer.

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      • Just wonder how you judge which car people driving by just looking at name. I have already graduated from Proton club 12 years ago

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        • Same L0rrrr on May 25, 2015 at 5:05 pm

          This Ah Beng is not even Chinese.

          What models does Proton sell the most? Saga & Persona. Do they have VSC 6 airbags? NO!!!

          Preve/Suprima S/Iriz of course safe, because they always at showroom. So far never heard any car have accident in their show room.

          Tell you what, show room car no wheels no steering also safe. It is for show, not for driven anyway.

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  • so this Takata provides aribags to all this brands.. wow. wow. wow.

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  • wiwiwiwiw on May 25, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Does Perodua cars equipped with Takata airbag(s)?

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    • BeemerFreak on May 25, 2015 at 11:16 am

      likely so but they will never admit it because it will affect margins.

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  • How about airbag for protons ie 2006 waja, gen 2, is it affected also??

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  • Vince on May 25, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Is Inspira or any other proton car using Takata airbag? Anyone know?

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  • Proton’s inhouse cars are using Autoliv Hirotako bags (not sure if they second source from Takata). For the rebadged models, not sure

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  • W204 C63 AMG on May 25, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    The three biggest airbag manufacturers are Autoliv, followed by Delphi and then Takata. Where does Proton source its airbags? I bet you some of it comes from Takata.

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  • paanjang16 on May 25, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    This Takata airbag rabbit hole keeps getting deeper and deeper. For all you known at the end of it all almost every car on the planet is affected.

    First it was Honda, then Toyota, then Nissan and now even Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru are affected?!?! What’s next? another car maker going to kena?

    Is there ANY way to check the brand of the airbag in your car? The car I’m which I’m driving could have the Takata airbag and all these while I do not know about it.

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  • Steve Kok on May 26, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Proton’s airbag supplier is local? or local Alibaba from Takata?

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  • Edmund on Jun 22, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Toyota = expensive empty can with defective air bag that kills, rise of the kimchis has begun.

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