Toyota, NIssan, Mazda, Honda Announce Vehicle Recalls

Toyota, NIssan, Mazda, Honda Announce Vehicle Recalls

Japan’s top four automakers recently announced recalls of several vehicle models manufactured between 2000 and 2004, all for the same defect: a problem in the vehicle’s airbags that can result in serious injuries.

All four automakers are facing the same recall problem because all four used airbags manufactured by the same supplier: Takata Corp., which assembled the defective airbag parts in its plants in Mexico in the early 2000s. The company is the world’s second-largest supplier of parts and assemblies for vehicle airbags and seat belt systems.

The defect changes how the propellant that inflates the airbags in case of a crash is released. Vehicles with the hidden defect may fail to have the front passenger airbag inflate during a crash, putting the passenger at an increased risk of serious harm. The airbag may also inflate unexpectedly, which can cause injury to a person sitting in the front passenger seat or who is entering or exiting the vehicle. The defect has also been linked to vehicle fires, which can cause serious injury or death.

Those who own vehicles affected by the recall can take them to a dealership, where a free repair will be performed. If you’re not sure whether your vehicle is affected, check the manufacturer’s website.

When a hidden defect lurks in any vehicle system, it can cause serious and unexpected injuries. If you’ve been injured by a vehicle defect, please don’t hesitate to call the dedicated San Jose vehicle defect injury attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP to learn more about your legal rights and options. Our number is (800) 900- 0863. Your initial consultation is free and confidential.