Economy, Auto

Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru Join Airbag Recall

Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru Join Airbag RecallMazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru Join Airbag Recall

Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru maker said on Friday they would recall about 715,000 more cars equipped with airbag inflators made by parts supplier Takata Corporation, Reuters reported. The recalls follow similar moves last week by Toyota Motor and Honda to replace Takata's inflators. Regulators have linked six deaths worldwide to defective Takata airbags which exploded too violently and shot shrapnel into vehicles. About a dozen automakers have so far called back more than 50 million vehicles worldwide since 2008 for Takata's inflators in what has become the biggest automotive recall on record. That figure includes the Japanese parts supplier's agreement this week with U.S. safety regulators that clear the way for a recall of nearly 34 million vehicles for investigative purposes. Mazda said it was recalling about 112,000 vehicles in Japan, including the Atenza sedan, Bongo van and two models it builds for Nissan and Mitsubishi. A spokeswoman said it was still working out plans for any recall overseas. Subaru's Fuji Heavy Equipment maker is now recalling 91,000 Imprezas sports cars in Japan. While Mitsubishi is calling back about 100,000 cars in Japan and 412,000 overseas, it said.