While Takataâs shrapnel-shooting airbags became huge news late in 2014, the issue didn’t reach full boil until 2015, when it finally became obvious that the Japanese supplierâs problems were out of control. Even more than a decade after Takata first heard of an airbag rupture and after years of recall expansions by Honda, Takata has not confirmed the precise reasons that its inflators may burst and shoot metal fragments through the airbag. The issue has led to more than 100 injuries and at least nine deaths. Humidity has been isolated as the number-one factor for the roughly 19 million cars affected in the U.S. across 11 automakers. Worse still, there wonât be enough replacement inflators to fix every affected vehicle until 2019âand even the replacement inflators may be prone to failure. READ MORE âºâº
According to theÂ New York Times, HondaÂ plans to add 21 million cars globally to its recall rolls related to rupturingÂ Takata airbag inflators. That staggering figure comes from HondaÂ vice president Tetsuo Iwamura and brings the total number of HondaÂ cars under recall to replace faulty airbag inflators to 51 million worldwide.
Details surrounding Honda’s recall expansion, and how many of those vehicles were sold in the United States, are forthcoming. At last count, there were 8.5 million Honda and Acura products under recall due to their at-risk Takata airbags in the U.S. alone. Just last week, TakataÂ announced that it mightÂ increase its own recall for airbag inflators to 40 million units, but the total number of recalled airbags and vehicles likely won’t be capped for some time.