Honda expands Takata airbags related recall image

Honda Motor Corporation has announced its recall for around 4.5 million more cars worldwide in order to replace the air bag inflators produced by Takata Corp. in a recent attempt to deal with a safety issue which has had car manufacturers globally recall tens of millions of cars.

Honda explained that out of the 4.5 million vehicles recalled, 1.63 million are located in Japan and that North America is not part of the recall. The reason for these recalls is that Takata has equipped cars with air bag inflators that turned out to explode with too much force and spray metal fragments inside cars. Moreover, this situation has led to 8 deaths according to regulators, all having happened in cars produced by Honda.

The carmaker has independently collected approximately 1.000 Takata air bag inflators from Honda cars which have not been previously recalled for individual investigations, being later on analyzed by Takata. Honda then found out that a discrepancy in the density of gas-producing chemicals in inflators might lead to an unusual deployment of air bags, which made them reach the decision to start a new recall.

Honda’s CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, stated that the Japanese carmaker will continue its investigation into the Takata issue, but will still work as a business partner with the supplier. He also added that Honda will not provide Takata with any financial aid at the moment. In June, Honda restated its financial results for the business year that ended in March in order to account for the additional costs that were brought on by all the recalls of the cars equipped with Takata air bag parts.

By Gabriela Florea