Takata air-bag saga: Honda hit hardest

Yuri Kageyama
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 GLOBAL VEHICLE RECALL: A huge global recall triggered by potentially lethal air bags made by Takata Corporation has affected many automakers including Honda. Image: AFP ~ AFP

TOKYO, Japan - A huge new recall from Honda has brought the total number of vehicles recalled for potentially deadly air bag devices to more than 33-million.

On Thursday (May 14), Wheels24 reported that Toyota and Nissan are recalling some 6.5-million vehicles globally. Thousands of local owners are affected.

Honda said it would follow suit but did publish numbers. Those figures have now been published and it's scary: the air-bag recalls have hit 19.6-million Honda vehicles.


Honda recalled an additional 4.89 million vehicles around the world for a new type of problem in Takata air bag inflators, a day after Japanese rivals Toyota and Nissan announced similar recalls. The new wave of recalls adds to what was already one of the largest recalls ever for a defective part.

Honda SA told Wheels24: "At this stage we cannot confirm any details. We are waiting for feedback from our head office."

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Honda has been the automaker hardest hit by the recalls. With Thursday's (May 14) announcement, the air-bag recalls have hit 19.6-million Honda vehicles.

In the latest problem, a leak can occur while the vehicle is in use, causing a rupture, and the air bag could explode, according to Honda. Earlier recalls were due to exploding air bag inflators that stemmed from defects during production.


Automakers, Takata and the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are investigating.

No North American vehicles are affected by the latest Honda recall. Some 1.72-million vehicles, for the 2004 through 2008 models years, were recalled in Japan. Other regional breakdowns were not available.

No injuries have been reported related to the latest problem, Tokyo-based Honda said.