Ministers in Japan visiting homes of Takata air bag users to promote recallsStaff writer ▼ | June 6, 2016
The transport ministry in April began going to the homes of people who own vehicles equipped with potentially faulty Takata Corp. air bag inflators to accelerate repairs, ministry sources said, Kyodo reports.
Auto safety In a rare move, ministry officials are going around
Specifically, ministry officials are concentrating on the owners of three Honda Motor Co. vehicle models sold in either the United States or Canada and shipped to Japan. Recalls of those three vehicle models were announced between 2009 and 2011.
“We will do whatever we can so (the air bag defect) will not cause any death in the country,” said an official the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
Globally, at least 11 deaths have been linked to Takata’s inflators that can explode and spray metal parts at passengers.
In Japan, 12.6 million vehicles equipped with Takata air bags had been recalled as of late May. The ministry plans to recall an additional 7 million vehicles following the U.S. road safety regulator’s order for Takata to expand its recall. ■