The Takata airbag recall, which has already been the largest airbag recall in history, is growing larger. The defective airbags, which can explode with too much force, sending shrapnel flying inside the vehicle, have been responsible for nearly two dozen deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide.
The recalls, which must be scheduled by 2019, have driven the Japanese company Takata into bankruptcy, both in Japan and the United States. Several automakers have been affected, including Toyota, Honda, Ford, Subaru, and GM, among others. Now, Honda is recalling 1.4 million vehicles, including those from its Acura line, as Fortune reports.
Honda is recalling 1.4 million Honda and Acura vehicles to have the defective front-passenger side airbags replaced.
In an unrelated recall, the company is also recalling 200,000 automobiles due to glitches in the software for the backup cameras.
The airbags are being recalled due to a defect, which can cause the airbags to deploy with too much force. This force can send shrapnel flying through the interiors of vehicles, leading to serious injury and 23 deaths worldwide. The degradation of the airbags is compounded in areas with warm, humid weather, which causes the deployment mechanism to overheat.
In total, more than 100 million vehicles have or will have scheduled recalls by 2019. The ongoing recall has affected several automakers, including both foreign and domestic brands. Honda advises that owners of vehicles affected by the recall can contact their local dealership for a free airbag replacement.
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