(Corrects first paragraph to show that Mitsubishi is one of
nine automakers, not the ninth, to say it will conduct recall
that includes the same region)
DETROIT, July 18 Mitsubishi Motors Corp
is recalling cars made with Takata Corp air bags in
Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mitsubishi is one of nine automakers to say it will conduct a
recall that includes those areas.
In a filing posted on Friday with the U.S. National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration, Mitsubishi said it will conduct a
limited recall of model year 2004 and 2005 Lancer sedans with
Takata passenger-side air bags that have inflators that may
cause them to open with too much force.
"In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the
passenger-side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with
metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the
vehicle occupants," the NHTSA said on its website.
In the past five years, about 12 million vehicles with
Takata air bags or inflators have been recalled.
Also on Friday, the Japanese auto parts supplier announced a
"special loss" of about 45 billion yen ($440 million) because of
Like most of those automakers, Mitsubishi, at NHTSA's
request, limited the recall to a portion of the United States
and U.S. territories.
"Due to NHTSA's belief that humidity is a contributing
factor to the inflator condition at issue, the (recall) will be
limited to affected vehicles that are registered in, or
were originally sold in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the
U.S. Virgin Islands," Mitsubishi said in one of its letters to
Some of the automakers have expanded that to include other
warm-weather states or the entire country.
Mitsubishi said it knew of no crashes, injuries or deaths
related to Lancer sedans with Takata air bags. It said that it
has not found any safety defect on its own and is recalling the
cars because it is working "in good faith" with NHTSA.
Earlier this week, BMW said it would recall 1.6
million 3 Series cars with Takata front passenger-side air bags.
A Mitsubishi spokesman said that the company is "still
investigating" how many Lancer sedans will be involved in the
(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)