Nissan and Toyota have just added 6.5 million vehicles to the 25 million cars worldwide that have already been recalled since 2008 to fix defective airbags made by Takata. Honda will apparently follow suit in the next few days, according to Reuters.
This airbag-related safety campaign eclipses the massive recall issued by Ford in the 1980s which involved the parking gear system on 21 million vehicles. It also surpasses the 30 million cars recalled by GM last year for various problems, mostly faulty ignition switches.
Nissan and Toyota want to reassure consumers that their recalls are precautionary and that no accidents or injuries have been reported so far. While the exact list of affected models and their location have yet to be specified, Toyota said that the majority are found in Europe and Japan.
For a quick reminder, Takata airbags have been directly linked to a half-dozen casualties. Some of them have defective inflators and can deploy with too much force, breaking into pieces and hitting front-seat occupants.