More recalls – Suzuki, Nissan, and Daihatsu make new annoucements

Suzuki Motor is recalling 432,000 small vans in Japan because of a potential problem with air conditioning units.

Nissan will recall about 76,000 cars in Japan and more than 2,000 overseas due to a defect that may cause engine failure.

60,000 Daihatsu vehicles are being recalled due to faulty airbags that could accidentally inflate.

The announcements come as 8.5 million Toyota vehicles are being recalled worldwide because of safety concerns.

Suzuki’s recalls relate to 2005 to 2009 models of its Every van and Mazda Scrum, which it builds for its partner company.

“We sincerely apologize to users for causing inconvenience,” Suzuki said in a statement.

Nissan – which is part-owned by Renault – did not say in which overseas countries it would recall vehicles.

There have been no reported accidents, Nissan also said.

Japan to strengthen rules related to recalls

Japan’s transport authorities are planning to tighten rules related to vehicle recalls, responding to criticism that insufficient government oversight in the nation’s recall process may have contributed to delays in the handling of safety problems at Toyota Motor Corp.

Transport minister Seiji Maehara said Tuesday the government will review several aspects of the recall system with an eye toward strengthening its authority and capability in gathering information on vehicle problems and enforcing remedial action when necessary.

“I tend to think there is a great possibility that Toyota didn’t share information with the government properly,” Mr. Maehara said at a press conference. “I think it’s extremely important to strengthen our information-gathering system so the [transport] ministry and the consumers are given full explanations even when the problems seem trivial to the manufacturers.”

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