Not one Takata airbag is known to have misfired in Canada, yet the impact of a worldwide recall for the safety-device-gone-wrong is resonating across the country's auto sector.
Already, 4.3 million airbags have been recalled in Canada to replace inflators that can explode with too much force and scatter shrapnel through a vehicle cabin. Globally, the recall could top 100 million units by 2019; the car industry's largest recall ever.
The cost of replacing all these devices, when the bill is finally totalled, will also be mammoth, and not just for Japan-based Takata Corp. and the multiple automakers it supplies. Canadian car dealers, caught with vehicles on their lots that can't be sold until repairs are made, are pressing for compensation.
For regulators, meantime, the airbag debacle could add impetus to plans to toughen Canada's recall laws.