Three of the biggest Japanese carmakers—Toyota, Nissan and Honda have made an announcement to recall cars throughout the world due to defective Takata airbag inflators. This sums up to almost 31 million cars, that have been recalled since 2008.
Nissan and Toyota announced that they will recall 6.5 million cars globally, while Honda too will recall vehicles but did not give out numbers.
Takata airbags have an issue of spraying shrapnel when deployed, which could cause serious injuries or even kill occupants.
While Toyota and Nissan are recalling vehicles as a precautionary step and claim no accidents or deaths have been reported, six deaths have been reported due to Takata airbags by cars made by Honda.
Toyota will recall just under 5 million cars made between March 2003 and November 2007, mostly in Japan and Europe. Nissan will recall 1.56 million cars worldwide for the same airbag issue.
Takata, the Japanese airbag manufacturing firm currently faces multiple lawsuits in the United States and Canada, and also a US criminal investigation.