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Honda to recall vehicles with faulty airbags by Takata


05/14/2015


The largest vehicle recall in the history is underway, thanks to faulty Takata airbags



Honda to recall vehicles with faulty airbags by Takata
Japanese automobile giant Honda Motor has recalled another 4.89 million vehicles world-wide with potentially faulty air bags made by its supplier Takata Corp.
 
Honda is only the third of Japanese automobile majors such as Nissan Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. who have recalled vehicles with faulty airbags. Though the new recall by Honda does not affect vehicles in the US, the company will face losses at its home country of Japan. The company spokesperson Yuka Abe said that no air bags with the same design as those being recalled were installed in cars sold in the US, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
 
Toyota and Nissan recalled 6.56 million vehicles with Takata air bags this same week. Combining the losses for all the Japanese majors, the recall will be affecting more than 35 million vehicles in the span of ten years. Honda itself has made a cumulative total of 19.6 million recalls, Ms. Abe said.
 
The latest Honda recall will affect popular models such as the Civic, CRV, Accord and Fit, from the 2002-2008 model years. Around 1.67 million driver-side air bags and 3.22 million passenger-side bags will have to be changed.
Investigations showed the Takata airbag inflators were not properly sealed and so could be damaged by moisture. The automobile companies have denied that there were any accidents or injuries reported due to these faulty airbags and the recall will only be a precautionary measure. Honda also said it would use replacement parts supplied by Sweden's Autoliv and Japan's Daicel Corp, as well as Takata.
 
US-based car maker Ford Motor Company also announced a recall of 390,000 vehicles this year with a possible door latch glitch. This was the third recall this year for Ford which recalled 205,000 vehicles in January and 213,000 vehicles in March.
 
U.S. safety regulator the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also said it would soon announce "significant new steps" related to accelerating Takata recalls. The company faces multiple class action lawsuits in the United States and Canada as well as a U.S. criminal investigation and a regulatory probe. The Takata-linked has surpassed the largest US recall of 21 million vehicles by Ford Motor Co in the 1980s for a parking gear problem.
 
 
 
 






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