Honda is the worst affected automaker by the Takata mishap and its worries keep piling up – the latest safety campaign again involves the troublesome inflators and will cover no less than 668,000 units in Japan.
The latest set of safety campaigns involving the Takata airbags have to do with the passenger side airbags in the Fit, Civic, and Accord from the 2009 through 2011 model years and come after Honda has already included these models in the United States campaign. Japan’s safety regulators are now using the same strategy as the US counterparts and have called upon the automakers to recall the affected Takata models in stages. The current phase has to do with the models not using a desiccant, which is a substance that absorbs moisture. Long-term exposure to high humidity will increase the risk of inflator rupture, so no substance to mitigate the issue is a serious problem.
Takata’s defective airbag inflators have been linked to 14 deaths and over 100 injuries across the world, and the recall campaigns already cover about 100 million components – about half of them found in Honda vehicles. The Japanese automaker and others affected by the issue have now decided not to use Takata products from now on, and there have been reports of carmakers not listening to competitor Autoliv who tested in the 1990s the parts and deemed them unsafe.
Via Automotive News