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Mike Stevens | Jun, 30 2014 | 4 Comments

A massive global recall of airbags supplied by Japanese parts maker Takata continues, with the Australian arms of Nissan, Honda and Mazda detailing expanded recalls this week.

The news follows a Toyota recall announced earlier this month for the same Takata airbag issue, and other brands hit internationally include BMW, Chrysler and Ford.

The global recall has already affected around 10.5 million vehicles over the past five years, making it one of the biggest recalls in automotive history.

At the centre of the issue is the airbag's propellant, which could ignite abnormally during airbag deployment and explode with enough force to fracture the covering, potentially causing injury.

In Australia, the airbag recall for Nissan, Honda, Mazda and Toyota is now near 100,000 vehicles combined.

Honda Australia, the hardest hit, will recall a total of 43,414 Jazz, Civic and CR-V models built between 2001 and 2003. This includes an initial figure of 9,980 in April last year.

Nissan is recalling 25,941 Pulsar, Maxima, X-Trail, Patrol and D22 Navara models built between 2001 and 2003 - up from an initial amount 11,360 confirmed in April last year.

For Mazda, the airbag recall includes RX-8 and Mazda6 sedan and wagon models sold between August 2002 and February 2004.

Earlier this month, Toyota confirmed a recall for 19,600 Toyota and Lexus models, including 2001-2003 models of the Corolla, Avensis and Lexus SC 430.

BMW Australia has made no change to its May 2013 airbag recall, which affected 3 Series models built between 2001 and 2003.

Chrysler has yet to confirm plans for a local recall, and Ford’s Australian range is understood to be unaffected.

Holden’s Cruze range is likewise unaffected by the recall, which has affected around 33,000 Cruze models in the North American market.

Takata boss Shigehisa Takada has again apologised for the ongoing recall, and it is believed the company could be facing a AU$530 million fine in Japan.

The company, which is the world’s second-largest parts maker, is not expected to suffer longterm financial issues, with around $1 billion in cash reserves.

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