Faulty Takata Airbags Issue: Honda recalls 5 Million Vehicles
After Toyota Motor and Nissan Motor Co, it is Honda Motor Co, which on Thursday joined the automakers in expanding their recalls over faulty air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corporation.
On Thursday, Honda recalled around five million vehicles fitted with potentially faulty Takata Corp air bag inflators. With this new addition, the total vehicles recalled across the globe for the airbag safety issue has reached 36 million since 2008.
Already, Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan Motor Co have recalled 6.5 million vehicles across the globe. Honda said that the company decided to recall the cars after they conducted an investigation and found some Takata bag inflators were not properly sealed.
Improper sealing allowed moisture to enter in the propellent casing, which could make the air bag explode with excessive force. In fact, six deaths have been reported due to faulty airbag in cars all made by Honda.
It is one of the factors due to which Honda has posted unsatisfactory profit forecasts last month. Automakers have been carrying out their own investigations in the case. The company and automakers said that previous recalls were to replace air bags made in factories in America and Mexico.
Honda spokesman Teruhiko Tatebe said, “While we are not able to determine the cause of the problems there is a possibility there will be more recalls”. Toyota and Nissan have said that the recalls are on precautionary basis and there has been no report of accident or injuries.
A Takata spokesman affirmed that the company has been looking into the matter and will continue to cooperate with the automakers. Takata Chief Financial Officer Yoichiro Nomu said that they have no plans right now to keep more cash for the latest recalls.
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