TOKYO, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Honda Motor said it will
expand an ‘investigative’ recall to replace potentially lethal
Takata Corp air bag inflators across the globe, taking
the total Takata-related recall tally of all brands to more than
19 million since 2008.
Honda earlier added about 2.6 million cars in the United
States when it expanded nationwide a recall of driver-side air
bag inflators that was previously limited to 11 states and
territories with hot and humid climates.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Takata Corp’s (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) resistance to a U.S. order to expand a recall of its air bag inflators is likely driven by a need to protect itself from legal liability, but risks longer-term business damage by alienating the public, experts say.
Takata this week rejected a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) demand to declare its inflators defective and call in vehicles U.S.-wide for replacement. An existing recall is limited to a few hot and humid states. In a letter, Takata queried NHTSA’s justification for the order while a cause for why its inflators can erupt with excessive force is still unclear. The Japanese firm left it up to automakers to decide whether to expand the recall.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Thursday it would call back 190,000 more vehicles, mostly in Japan, to replace potentially defective air bags made by Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the latest in a long line of recalls for the embattled auto parts supplier.
The move follows an unusual deployment of a Takata-made air bag inflator in a 2003-model Toyota Will Cypha subcompact at a scrapyard in Japan last month, and the cause of the potential problem is still unknown, Japan’s transport ministry said.
DETROIT/TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. auto safety regulators said Takata Corp’s response to an order to expand a recall nationwide was “disappointing”, criticizing the Japanese auto parts supplier for shirking responsibility over its potentially deadly air bags.
Takata, at the center of a global recall of more than 16 million cars in the past six years, had until Tuesday to respond to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) order to expand a regional recall and replace driver-side air bags from across the United States.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp said on Thursday it would recall 57,000 vehicles globally to replace potentially deadly air bags made by Takata Corp, in a sign that a safety crisis around the Japanese auto parts maker is far from contained.
Toyota’s action follows a recall by rival Honda Motor Co for the same problem two weeks ago after revelations of a fifth death, in Malaysia, linked to Takata’s air bag inflator.
WASHINGTON/TOKYO, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Takata Corp
faces a long battle to gauge the fallout from a fast-moving air
bag crisis as recalls mount up, adding to the costs for the
loss-making Japanese auto parts maker.
Two U.S. Senators have called a news conference on Thursday
with the sister of someone who died in an Arizona accident in
2003 – potentially a sixth fatality linked to Takata air bags.
Arizona, which has a dry climate, has not been
covered by a regional recall focusing on hot and humid areas.
NEWPORT BEACH California/TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will introduce its first mass-market fuel cell car next month, hoping to replicate the success of its Prius hybrid with a vehicle that runs on hydrogen instead of gasoline.
The four-seater sedan, named Mirai, the Japanese word for “future”, will first go on sale in four cities in Japan on Dec. 15. Sales in the United States and Europe will follow in the fourth quarter of 2015, the world’s biggest automaker said, unveiling the car simultaneously in California and Tokyo.
TOKYO, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co said on
Thursday that a driver in Malaysia had died after a July
accident involving an air bag supplied by Takata Corp,
and widened its recall for the defective air bags by another
In the fatal accident, involving a 2003 Honda City model,
the air bag inflator ruptured and sent shrapnel into the
vehicle, some of which struck the driver, Honda said, adding it
was not clear whether the woman driver was killed by the air bag
explosion or another cause, citing a local police report.
OSAKA, Nov 7 (Reuters) – For the first time in its 92-year
history, Japanese snacks maker Ezaki Glico is getting
serious about growing overseas, aiming to fatten its Pocky
biscuit into a $1 billion brand to rival global giants such as
Hershey’s and Oreo.
The company’s Glico brand and its 48-year-old stick-shaped,
chocolate-coated Pocky pretzels are household names in Japan but
elsewhere the marque has stalled, capping the firm’s overseas
business at just a tenth of its $3 billion revenue.
TOKYO, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Japanese automakers Mazda Motor
Corp and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd posted rosy
second-quarter profit growth on Friday as a weak yen made their
exports more lucrative.
The second-tier automakers benefit the most among their
domestic peers from a cheaper yen because they ship overseas
about 80 percent of their Japan-made vehicles. Earnings made
abroad are worth more when repatriated under a weak yen.