Just when you thought the Takata fiasco couldn’t get any thicker, Honda Motor Co. have just added a recall expansion to replace airbag inflators, to the tune of another 4.5 million units across the globe – none of which are in North America.
Of the 4.5 million cars affected, 1.63 million are in Japan and the remainder are spread across other market globally. If you need a quick reminder or summary of what’s happening with the Takata airbags, faulty inflators in the airbags may explode with too much force, spraying metal fragments inside vehicles when deployed. So far, tens of millions of cars across the world have been recalled.
So far, eight deaths have been linked to the component, and unfortunately for Honda, all eight deaths were in Hondas.
The new recall expansion comes about after Honda conducted an independent study of about 1,000 Takata inflators in Honda cars not covered in previous recalls and found that a variance in the density of gas-producing chemicals in inflators may lead to abnormal deployment of airbags in the future. The recall expansion was issued soon after, according to the spokesman from Honda Motor Co.
According to Reuters, Honda Chief Executive Takahiro Hachigo, said to reporters that while his firm will continue to investigate the issue with Takata, and work as a business partner with the supplier, it has no plans to provide financial aid to Takata.