The latest recall due to possible defective inflator propellant now pushes the total number of vehicles recalled close to 10 million.
Takata, the Japanese safety equipment maker informed the automakers earlier this month about the issues and also stated that more recalls might come to iron out manufacturing mistakes dating back over 10 years.
The cause of the problem is believed to be moisture and internal procedures at Takata. Manufacturing plants in the US and Mexico used propellant that had been exposed to moisture. The company apparently fixed the problems but failed to separate out the faulty airbags.
Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada said that the weather might be part of the problem as well:
“We currently believe the high levels of absolute humidity in those states [Florida, Puerto Rico] are important factors; and as a result our engineers are analyzing the impact that humidity may have on the potential for an inflator malfunction.”
Cars being recalled:
Honda (2.03 million vehicles):
Civic, CR-V, Odyssey, Element, Stream, Fit / Jazz
Mazda (159,807 vehicles):
Nissan (755,000 vehicles):
Infiniti FX35, Pathfinder, Cube, X-Trail, Teanna