May 21, 1995 in Nation/World

Automakers To Recall Millions Of Seat Belts

Compiled From Wire Services

Eight automakers have agreed to recall more than 8 million cars in the United States to replace Japanesemade seat belts that might unlatch in crashes, The Detroit News reported today.

Three more automakers were expected to agree to the recall this week. The seat belts were installed in some 1986-1991 model vehicles of Honda, Nissan, Daihatsu, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Suzuki, General Motors, Chrysler and Ford, the News reported, citing unidentified sources.

The three car companies that had not yet agreed to the recall were not identified.

Transportation Secretary Federico Pena and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator Ricardo Martinez planned to announce the agreement Tuesday, the newspaper reported.

The seat belts made by Takata Inc. could increase safety risks because pieces of the release buttons break off and jam the buckling mechanism, sources told the News.

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