Honda's Takata airbag recall could top 1 million - source
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[June 14, 2014]
By Yoko Kubota
TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co expects
to recall vehicles with potentially defective air bags, a move that
could expand a massive, multi-company air-bag recall by more than a
million, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.
The recall involves faulty air-bag inflators supplied by Takata
Corp and would follow a similar move this week by Toyota Motor Corp.
The Honda recall should be announced by the end of June, according
to the person, who declined to be identified.
Honda, while waiting for further information from Takata on its
inflator problems, is also investigating on its own how many
vehicles it may need to call back and where they are, according to
the individual. The number of vehicles it recalls could exceed the
1.135 million vehicles Honda called back globally last year, the
Asked whether Honda will expand air-bag-related recalls from last
year, company spokeswoman Akemi Ando said: "We are conducting
investigations quickly and if we decide that there are vehicles that
should be called back, we will swiftly file for a recall."
Toyota, the world's largest automaker, on Wednesday called back 1.62
million previously recalled vehicles outside Japan as well as
650,000 more in Japan not previously recalled. The additional
vehicles brought to more than 7 million the total number of cars
equipped with Takata air bags to be called back worldwide over the
last five years.
Toyota's recall from 2013 was a part of a bigger recall by car
makers that include Honda, Nissan Motor Co and Mazda Motor Corp. In
total, they recalled about 3.6 million vehicles with air-bag
inflators that could explode in an accident and send pieces of
shrapnel into the vehicle.
Toyota said it has determined that the serial numbers of potentially
faulty inflators that Takata previously supplied were incomplete.
Takata said it supports Toyota's decision to recall the vehicles.
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The Japanese Transport Ministry has ordered car makers including
Honda, Nissan and Mazda to determine quickly whether they need to
expand their recalls. Mazda spokeswoman Misato Kobayashi declined to
say when the company would finish its investigations, while Nissan
could not be reached immediately.
The U.S. auto industry regulator, the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration, said it had opened an investigation this week
into an estimated 1,092,000 vehicles made by not only Toyota, but
also Honda, Nissan, Mazda and Fiat SpA's Chrysler Group after
receiving six reports of air bags not deploying properly in the
humid climates of Florida and Puerto Rico.
(Additional reporting by Maki Shiraki in Tokyo; Editing by Paul
Lienert in Detroit and Peter Henderson in San Francisco; Editing by
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