The auto parts maker announced that it was awarded a contract by the third-largest Japanese automaker, to deliver replacement airbag inflators for the company’s models in the United States.
Starting with 2008, Honda and nine other automakers have recalled millions of cars worldwide because they are equipped with Takata-produced airbag inflators that can explode with too much force, sending metal debris and shrapnel flying inside the cabin at high velocity. Of those, more than 10 million vehicles were involved in safety campaigns in the US and all five reported deaths occurred in Honda-made models. “The agreement is made in order to meet the expanded supply of inflators needed by Honda and is subject to definitive documentation,” announced Autoliv.
Takata has been pressured by US lawmakers and auto safety agencies to expand their recall of airbag inflators. So far, only vehicles located in high-humidity regions and territories have been involved in regional actions and the Japanese auto safety parts supplier seems unwilling to change its dismal approach to the problem. It also pointed out that it’s struggling to increase production of the replacement kits in order to meet demand. So, it looks like Honda has decided to take the matter into its own hands, tapping the competition for the necessary airbag parts in a bid to restore its dented reputation.