US: Honda expanding Takata airbag recall to California image

The Takata airbag inflator problem is rapidly turning into the second worst safety crisis of 2014, coming close after General Motors problems stemming from the mishandling of a defective ignition switch problem.

Takata Corp. the second largest auto safety parts maker has been plagued by an issue with its inflators for the airbags, which due to a manufacturing error are prone to explode and send shrapnel through the cabin. Millions of cars have been recalled so far over the last five years, but most of the bigger recalls came this year – especially from the big Japanese automakers, Toyota and Honda.

Now, Honda, a part of the bunch of automakers which acted on the NHTSA request to issue a regional recall in areas of high humidity throughout the US, has added California to the list.

“While this case does not match the areas that NHTSA has determined, Honda is adding California into the areas in which it is conducting a regional recall in order to investigate the cause quickly,” said a Honda spokeswoman.

The Japanese automaker was made aware of an accident with a 2005 model Accord that occurred in May in the state, and the complaint sent to the US safety regulator the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), cited the airbag sending “hot metal and plastic shrapnel” because of a low speed collision, affecting the driver, which was left with “severe burns, bruises and abrasions on her arms and legs”.

Via Reuters