SINGAPORE Feb 10 Feb 10 Honda
Motor Co (7267.T) said it would recall another 438,000 cars
globally to replace an airbag deflator that could rupture and
send shards towards the driver in an accident. [ID:nN09120875]
Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) said on Tuesday it was recalling
nearly half a million of its flagship Prius and other hybrid
cars for braking problems.
The move came on the heels of problems with sticking
accelerator pedals and floormats that spiralled into a recall
of over 8 million vehicles worldwide.
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Here are some details about previous major auto recalls.
1981 - GM recalled 5.8 million vehicles due to loose
suspension bolts that affected steering.
1996 - Ford Motor Co (F.N) recalled more than 8 million
vehicles to replace defective ignition switches that could have
led to electrical shorts and engine fires.
July 1998 - GM recalled close to 1 million Cadillac,
Pontiac and Chevrolet cars because of fears that the air bags
may have deployed by accident.
Aug. 2000 - Japanese tyre maker Bridgestone Corp (5108.T)
recalled 14.4 million ATX, ATX II and Wilderness tyres of
certain sizes installed on Ford Explorer SUVs and sold
separately in stores. The recall applied to all tyres produced
at the company's Firestone U.S. division.
2004 - GM recalled nearly 4 million pickups because of
corroding tailgate cables.
April 2005 - GM said it was recalling more than 2 million
vehicles to fix a variety of potential safety defects, most of
them on cars and trucks sold in the U.S.
-- GM said the largest of the safety actions included 1.5
million full-size pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles from
the 2003 to 2005 model years with second-row seat belts that
may be difficult to properly position across passengers' hips.
Oct. 2005 - Toyota recalled about 1.41 million cars
globally, including the Corolla and 15 other models, due to
trouble with their headlight switching systems.
Dec. 2007 - Chrysler LLC said it would recall 575,417
vehicles as long-term wear on the gear shift assembly could
cause them to shift out of park without the key in the
-- The recall involved 2001 to 2002 model-year Dodge Dakota
pickup trucks, Durango sports utility vehicles and Ram van
models and 2002 model-year Ram pickup trucks.
Aug. 2008 - GM announced a recall of 857,735 vehicles
equipped with a heated windshield wiper fluid system for a
potential short-circuit problem, according to federal safety
Sept. 2009 - Toyota said it would recall approximately 3.8
million vehicles in the U.S. because of floor mats that could
have come loose and force down the accelerator. The problem was
suspected in crashes that have killed five people.
Oct. 2009 - Ford completed a series of recalls affecting 14
million vehicles due to faulty cruise control deactivation
switch. The latest recall involved some 4.5 million vehicles.
-- The action effectively closed out a 10-year saga over
the switches made by Texas Instruments TXN.N that led to more
than a half-dozen recalls, the automaker said.
-- Texas Instruments said in a statement that a former
business unit had designed and manufactured the switch to "meet
and exceed" Ford specifications, and is not the "root cause" of
fires. A 2006 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
investigation, Texas Instruments said, concluded that multiple
factors contributed to fires.
Jan. 2010 - Toyota issues a series of recalls covering 5.6
million vehicles in the United States due to sudden
acceleration in some vehicles. It is the largest ever recall
for Toyota and among the biggest for an automaker in U.S.
-- Honda (7267.T) recalled 646,000 of its Fit/Jazz and City
automobiles globally over a faulty window switch after a child
died when fire broke out in a car last year. Honda made the
announcement as Toyota extended its own recall to China and
-- Toyota's problems touched other carmakers too: France's
PSA Peugeot Citroen said it would recall nearly 100,000 Peugeot
107s and Citroen C1s made a factory in the Czech Republic where
Toyota and PSA jointly make cars. [ID:nLDE60T0B9]
Feb. 2010 - Toyota recalls a total of 437,000 units of its
2010 Prius, Sai, Prius PHV (plug-in hybrid) and Lexus HS250h
hybrids globally, including 155,000 in North America, 223,000
in Japan and 53,000 in Europe. [SGE61800X] The world's largest
automaker is under fire for two other recalls covering more
than 8 million vehicles worldwide due to problems with slipping
floormats and sticky accelerator pedals.
-- Honda said it would recall another 438,000 cars globally
to replace an airbag deflator that could rupture. The expanded
recall is concentrated in the U.S., where nearly 379,000 cars
are subject to the recall. All cars to be recalled globally are
made at Honda's U.S. and Canadian plants. The models involved
are the 2001 and 2002 model-year Accord, Civic, Odyssey, CR-V,
Pilot and 2002 Acura TL and CL vehicles in the United States.
(Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit;
Editing by Lincoln Feast)