Honda is calling back another 20 million potentially deadly airbag inflators as a preemptive safety measure.
The news comes from the Nikkei, claiming that the new recall will affect vehicles in the United States, Latin America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Although many of the affected recall regions are not considered high risk, Honda wants to act now to get potentially deadly inflators out of its cars. This new recall action is expected to cost the company $1.87 billion.
So far, 11 deaths have been linked to Takata airbag inflators that ignite with too much force, sending metal shrapnel shooting into the passenger compartment. Roughly half of all the vehicles recalled for Takata airbags in the U.S. have been from Honda.
U.S. safety regulators ordered Takata to expand the massive recall once again last week to include roughly 40 million more inflators, all of which don’t have a desiccant to reduce moisture. This is in addition to the 28.8 million inflators that Takata has already recalled in the U.S. In total, 17 automakers have been affected by the recall including Tesla, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Jaguar Land Rover and even Fisker.
With this new addition, the global total for the recall sits at 69 million inflators.
[Source: Automotive News]
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