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Ford, Mazda Expand Takata Airbag Recalls

Ford Motor Company and Mazda Motor Corporation both announced that they would expand their Takata airbag recall efforts across the U.S. Ford announced that it would add 13,000 vehicles to its recall list, while Mazda stated that it would add to its list of more than 86,000 vehicles under recall for the defective airbags. The news quickly follows an announcement by Honda Motor Corporation that it would expand its Takata airbag recall worldwide, boosting the total number of recalled Honda vehicles to over 5 million.

Ford Takata Airbag Recall Includes Rangers, GTs

Ford’s expansion of its previous Takata airbag recall includes 2004-2005 Ranger pickup trucks and 2005-2006 Ford GT sports cars. The Ford Takata airbag recall specifies vehicles ever sold or registered in humid climates. The recall covers vehicles sold in Florida and the Gulf Coast region, as well American territories such as Guam, Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The additional vehicles brings Ford’s total number of vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recall to 98,000.

Mazda Takata Airbag Recall Goes Nationwide

Executives with Mazda have chosen to follow Japanese auto industry leader Honda by expanding its Takata airbag recall nationwide. The expanded Takata airbag recall will also include vehicles with both driver-side and passenger-side airbags. The current Mazda recall zone includes Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, but the company plans to issue recall notices to vehicle owners nationwide. The affected vehicles include, but are not limited to, the 2003-2007 Mazda 6, the 2004-2008 RX-8 and the 2004-2005 MPV.

Honda Extends Takata Airbag Recall Worldwide

Shortly after Honda announced that it would expand its Takata airbag recall across the U.S., the company stated that it would extend the recall to all its affected vehicles worldwide. According to Honda President Takanobu Ito, the estimated number of vehicles affected by the expanded Takata airbag recall would reach around 8.74 million, up considerably from the initial 5 million. The Japanese auto manufacturer was one of Takata’s biggest customers, but Mr. Ito stated that his company “cannot depend on Takata” to solve the issue.

Humidity Tied To Takata Airbag Recall

The problems that spurred the Takata airbag recall have been tied to the volatile reaction of the deployment system’s chemical propellant under humid conditions. At least five deaths, four of them in the U.S., occurred when the ammonium nitrate in the airbag deployment system exploded. The explosion propelled metal and plastic shards into the driver and front passengers seated directly in front of the airbags.

Sources: Motor TrendReutersAuto News

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