Take Two for April 11, 2013

Millions of Japanese cars recalled due to air bags

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MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 09: A Toyota emblem is seen on the front of a 2012 model year Camry automobile on a sales lot on November 9, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Toyota Motor Corp. issued a recall for about 550,000 vehicles worldwide, including certain models of the 2004 Highlander, after the company announced the vehicles being recalled may have a problem that affects steering. The auto maker announced the recall for vehicles that include certain models of the 2004 Avalon along with the 2004 and 2005 Camry, Highlander, Sienna, and Solar as well as the 2006 Highlander Hybrid version. Also being recalled are some Lexus models that include the 2004 and 2005 ES330 and RX330 and the 2006 RX400h. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Millions of Japanese cars are getting recalled because of air bags made by the Takata Corporation.

But while you might not know that name, you are probably more familiar with the car makers that install their products: Toyota, Honda, and Nissan. Those Japanese automakers are recalling many of their post-2000 vehicles because of those faulty air bags.

For a company like Toyota, it's another hit to its reputation following another large recall a few years ago because of faulty brakes and gas pedals.

However Michelle Krebs, senior analyst for Edmunds, explains why it might not be as damaging in the long run.


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