Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors expand global recalls over Takata airbags

Mazda Motor was recalling about 1.57 million vehicles worldwide and Mitsubishi Motors was issuing a global recall of 608,000 units over potentially lethal airbag inflators, the carmakers said Thursday.

Mazda said the latest recall includes the RX-8 and Demio subcompact, which is known abroad as the Mazda 2.

The recall covers 491,000 units in Japan and many were also being recalled in China and the United States, a Mazda spokeswoman said. The carmaker declined to provide breakdowns.

Mitsubishi Motors said it was recalling 516,000 vehicles in Japan, including the Delica and eK Wagon models. The carmaker was issuing a recall of 92,000 units overseas, a company spokesman said.

Also on Thursday in Japan, Subaru was recalling 291,000 vehicles, Mercedes-Benz 93,000 cars and UD Trucks 47,000 units over potentially defective airbags made by Takata.

Thursday’s recalls were as part of the 7 million more vehicles to be recalled in Japan.

The airbags made by Takata can rupture explosively in a collision, spraying metal fragments at passengers as well as drivers.

At least 13 deaths and hundreds of injuries have been linked to the defect worldwide.

On Tuesday, beleaguered Takata chairman Shigehisa Takada expressed his intention to resign once he is able to see a recovery path for the Japanese supplier.

"It is my role to pass on the baton," Takada said at the company's shareholders' meeting.

"I apologize for causing trouble to our shareholders and other people concerned over a series of [recall-related] issues," he said.

Last update: Thu, 30/06/2016 - 11:49

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