GM, Honda extend their Takata airbag recall to newest models

GM, Honda extend their Takata airbag recall to newest models

Two bigwig automakers – General Motors (GM) and Honda – have recently extended their Takata airbag recall to the newest models. The newly-issued recalls by the two automakers affect some of their 2015 and 2016 models.

The latest vehicle recalls issued by GM and Honda indicate that the Takata airbag problem – which already affects millions of vehicles from several leading automakers - continues to widen, and it now affects some new vehicles as well. The problem involves Japanese parts supplier Takata’s defective airbags which can potentially explode and spew metal fragments.

GM extended its Takata airbag recall to newer model last week, when it announced that it is recalling 400 cars from the 2015 model year. About the move, GM said that the recall had been initiated after Takata-manufactured side airbags failed in tests.

Close on the heels of GM’s new vehicle recall, Honda also said that it would recall 515 units of CR-V vehicles from the 2016 model year. The company said that the new recall is rooted in the information provided by Takata that a front driver-side airbag of the 2016 model-year CR-V vehicles had failed in tests.

About the latest recalls issued by Honda and GM, Florida Senator Bill Nelson -- the topmost Democrat on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation -- said in a recent statement that the recalls by the two automakers “may indicate more serious safety issues with Takata inflaters."

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