Honda Will Reportedly Recall 20 Million Takata Airbag Parts

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Honda might issue another Takata-related recall, which would see the company replacing 20 million airbag components. The news is not official yet, as Honda has not announced anything new on the topic, but Japanese business paper Nikkei published the rumor on Sunday.
While Nikkei did not specify the source of the information regarding the upcoming recall, it appears that Honda would want to make a preemptive campaign to avoid any additional injuries.

Last week, Takata was ordered by the NHTSA to replace up to 40 million airbags. The recall order comes after the Japanese automotive supplier already was in the middle of the largest automotive recall ever recorded.

Considering that Honda is Takata’s biggest customer, it would make sense for the automaker to be involved in an upcoming service campaign.

Nikkei estimated that the Takata recall would cost Honda approximately $1.87 billion. Meanwhile, the Japanese parts supplier might encounter significant financial issues because of the many callbacks caused by its products. Some analysts estimate Takata will not survive the airbag fiasco.

As Automotive News notes, the total number of airbag inflators that must be replaced has risen to approximately 69 million. The Takata airbag fiasco affects 17 automakers, so the situation has attained unexpected levels for all parties involved.

As we mentioned above, Takata was asked by the NHTSA to recall additional airbag inflators last week, as they discovered that around 40 million of them did not feature a desiccant to reduce moisture. Because of the lack of that particular chemical, which you can sometimes find in shoe boxes when you get new sneakers (not in the same form, obviously), the airbag inflators might fail because of dampness.

Global statistics place Takata airbag-related deaths at 13 people worldwide. All the cases involve the failure of airbag inflators built by the aforementioned company, and the victims were killed because the parts ruptured and sent metal and plastic shrapnel towards the driver after an impact.
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