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Honda Recalls 4.5 Million More Cars Outside U.S. for Takata Airbags

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/9/2015 Kelly Pleskot
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Honda is recalling an additional 4.5 million vehicles to replace potentially defective Takata airbags. Unlike previous recalls carried out in the U.S., the new campaign affects cars in Japan and other markets outside North America.

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Around 1.63 million Honda Fit and CR-V models are now being recalled in Japan. Thanks to the announcement, Japan now accounts for about a quarter of the vehicles recalled around the globe for Takata airbags.

Earlier this year, Takata admitted to using defective inflators in its airbags. Upon activation, the inflators can explode with too much force, sending metal shrapnel flying toward the driver and passengers. The defect has been linked to eight deaths and more than 100 injuries across the globe.

Here in the U.S., the number of recalled vehicles with Takata airbags recently doubled to nearly 34 million, accounting for about one in seven vehicles on American roads. That makes it the largest recall in U.S. history, affecting a variety of automakers. Takata has already replaced millions of potentially defective inflators, but admitted last month that the replacement parts may still be faulty.

Honda did not immediately respond when reached for comment on the latest recall.

Pictured above are airbags from the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic. They are not subject to the Takata recall.

Source: The New York Times

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