Honda adds nearly 5 million cars to Takata airbag recall

Honda adds nearly 5 million cars to Takata airbag recall

TOKYO (Reuters) — Honda today said it will recall 4.89 million cars to replace potentially fatal airbag inflators made by Japan’s Takata Corp. Models affected include the Fit/Jazz subcompact.

The recall covers 1.72 million vehicles in Japan that were manufactured from 2002 to 2008. The cars were built in Japan, Thailand and the United States. The remainder falls in other regions, except the United States and Canada.

Honda said it will announce the regional breakdowns locally. Cars in the United States and Canada were not equipped with the possibly faulty inflators targeted in the latest action, it said.

Honda said it would use replacement parts supplied by Sweden’s Autoliv and Japan’s Daicel Corp., as well as Takata.

The recall comes a day after Toyota and Nissan said they were taking back 6.5 million vehicles worldwide after investigations showed the Takata airbag inflators were not properly sealed and so could be damaged by moisture.

Honda, Toyota and Nissan said the latest recalls were precautionary and that no accidents or injuries had been reported.

Honda has so far borne the brunt of the recalls linked to the Takata airbag inflators, which can erupt with too much force, spraying shrapnel inside the car.

Six deaths in Honda cars, including five in the U.S. and one in Malaysia, have been blamed on shrapnel from Takata airbags.

Hans Greimel and Bloomberg contributed to this report

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