Honda Daihatsu recall faulty airbags
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Honda and Daihatsu are recalling five million cars globally because of potentially fatal airbags to replace airbag inflators made by Takata these airbags date from early 2008.
This recall comes after other car giants Nissan and Toyota announced they would be recalling 6.5 million vehicles over the same issue.
There have already been six deaths linked to Takata airbags which have all been in Honda cars.
Honda has commented that the models affected included the smaller cars like Fit subcompact but it would not affect its cars sold in the US, where most of the deaths happened.
Honda plans to use replacement parts supplied by Sweden’s Autolive to repair the recalled cars, but would also use Daicel and Takata parts in the recalled cars.
Daihatsu which used the same airbags said it would recall the Mira minicar.
Honda is the only manufacturer that has reorted deaths, Daihatsu and Toyota said the recalls were precautionary and no accidents or injuries had been reported yet.
Some more recent tests showed Takata airbag inflators were not properly sealed and could be damaged by moister getting into the unit. It is alleged that the airbags can explode under pressure this can injure the driver bu spraying shrapnel inside the car .
This announcement bring the total number of cars recalled by all manufactures to 36 million because of Takata’s airbags since 2008.
Takata’s the car equipment maker faces massive multiple class action lawsuits and criminal and regulatory investigations in North America where the deaths occurred.