Japanese auto major Honda Motor Co on Thursday announced a global recall for 5 million vehicles to replace potentially fatal air bag inflators made by Japan’s Takata Corp, already at the centre of one of the biggest automotive recalls till date.
Honda’s recall comes a day after arch-rival Toyota Motor Corp issued a similar recall for over 5 million vehicles worldwide, after investigations showed that the airbag inflators were not properly sealed and could be damaged by moisture. Nissan Motor Corp and Toyota’s sister firm Daihatsu have also recalled cars for the same problem, taking the total number of recalls worldwide to over 30 million since 2010.
Toyota’s Indian subsidiary said some of the Corolla sedans sold in India between March 2003 and November 2007 could be covered under the recall, without specifying the number of vehicles affected. Honda Cars India said it was waiting for clarity from its headquarters in Japan.
Toyota India had issued a similar recall for an undisclosed number of Corolla sedans in 2013 for the same problem, and Honda and Nissan followed it up with their recalls of 2,338 units and 9,000 units, respectively, last year.
Globally, Honda has so far borne the brunt of the recalls linked to the Takata air bag inflators, which can erupt with too much force, spraying shrapnel inside the car. Six deaths have so far been linked to the defective air bags, all on cars made by Japan’s third-largest automaker.
The Honda and Daihatsu recalls raise the number of vehicles affected worldwide due to Takata air bag inflators to 36 million since 2008.
Models affected include the Fit subcompact from Honda and Mira minicar from Daihatsu.
The Takata-linked recalls top the largest US recall of 21 million vehicles by Ford Motor Co in the 1980s for a parking gear problem.