Honda, as the No.1 client of Japan’s Takata Corp is the automaker with the largest number of vehicles affected by the swelling recalls over potentially defective airbag inflators.
Millions of cars have been recalled worldwide and in the US by ten automakers because Takata-equipped cars have airbags’ with inflators that could potentially explode with too much force, sending metal shards flying inside the cabin at high velocity. While many of the cars (around 50%) involved are Honda models and all of the reported fatality cases occurred in a vehicle manufactured by the third largest Japanese automaker, it seems that US sales go on unaffected. This week, Rick Schostek, Honda North America executive vice president in Marysville, Ohio, also acknowledged that the company failed to enact the TREAD act and didn’t tell the US safety regulator NHTSA about Rick Schostek, Honda North America executive vice president in Marysville, Ohio.
Still, new car buyers don’t seem to consider all these facts to be spots on Honda’s known reputation for quality, as Honda and Acura sales are growing on pace with the overall US auto industry. Total industry deliveries rose 6% in October and Honda sales grew 5.5% last month from the same period of last year. Acura is even better, with deliveries at the luxury unit up 8%.