Local dealerships mum on air bag recalls


BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) —  Millions of cars are being recalled because of air bags that might explode.

Nissan, Mazda and Honda added some of their vehicles to the list on Monday. The recall deals with a part made by supplier Takata.

Geography and climate seem to be reasons for the recall. Honda and Nissan said the recall is specific to southern states with high humidity, so Ohio and Pennsylvania are not included.

The automakers are in the process of contacting car owners, and the repairs to the passenger’s side airbag will be free.

WKBN First News reporter Julie Bercik went to the three dealerships in Boardman on Monday to get more information to pass along.

Her first stop was the Honda Store. Honda is recalling nearly two million vehicles in North America, including the 2002 and 2003 Honda Civic, CRV and Odyssey. Also included are the 2003 Accord, Element, Pilot and Acura MDX models.

The dealership referred Bercik to Honda’s website for a statement.

Bercik’s next stop was Boardman Nissan. The local dealership did not want to comment, but she did get the following statement from the company:

“Nissan is announcing the following field actions concerning Takata front passenger air bags on certain Nissan and Infiniti vehicles. These actions supplement the 2013 recall to replace Takata front passenger air bag inflators in certain Nissan and Infiniti vehicles.

1. Based on new information received from Takata in June 2014, Nissan is adding vehicles that were not included in the 2013 global recall campaign. Certain MY2001 to MY2003 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles are affected by this recall campaign.

2. Nissan will initiate a regional field action in Puerto Rico, Florida, Hawaii, and the Virgin Islands following new information received from Takata and recent consultations with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), based on the high levels of absolute humidity in those areas to replace front passenger air bag inflators manufactured between January 1, 2003 and July 31, 2004. The air bags in this date range were not subject to the Takata Front Passenger Air Bag Global Recall Campaign. Nissan is confirming the potentially affected vehicles based on new information received from Takata. Nissan expects to begin notifying potentially affected customers for inspection (the root of cause investigation) purposes in Puerto Rico, Florida, Hawaii, and the Virgin Islands soon.

Nissan is committed to a high level of customer safety, service and satisfaction and is working with its dealers to promptly address this issue.”

Her last stop was Boardman Mazda. The recall involves close to 35,000 vehicles sold in Florida, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. In its release, Mazda said it has received one injury report.

All three companies issued recalls last year. Earlier this year, Toyota also recalled millions of cars for the same issue.

This recall comes just months after General Motors recalled cars because of a faulty ignition switch. Thirteen deaths have been linked to the issue. The company was made aware of the problem years ago.

This is not the first recall for supplier Takata. There are six reported cases where the air bag did not work. Those happened in Florida and Puerto Rico, which are high humidity areas.

The supplier released a statement a few days ago saying it is working with National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration and stands by its product.

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