In news from Tokyo, Japan, Honda plans to add 21 million more vehicles to its recall to fix defective airbags.
The auto manufacturer made the announcement after American regulators more than doubled the scope of the initial airbag recall. The agency identified another 35 million to 40 million vehicles that required fixing. Honda is one of Takata’s largest customers. They are recalling 51 million vehicles.
In recent weeks, the American recall was expanded under orders from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Honda did not comment on exactly how many vehicles are being recalled in the United States or other countries.
Airbag inflators manufactured by Takata explode with so much force that shrapnel is dispersed into the car. This fault has been blamed for more than eleven deaths worldwide and 100 injuries.
Due to the recall, Honda reported a rare quarterly loss due to expenses that stem from the recall. The manufacturer went on to say that it has set aside a total of $2.45 billion to cover costs related to the recall.
Automakers are hoping to recover costs from Takata, but their ability to do so remains unclear. Takata’s ability to pay is currently in doubt. Takata has recently announced plans for a major restructuring.
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