Honda recalls cars over airbag flaw


Japanese giant automaker, Honda, has recalled more than 2 million vehicles worldwide over an airbag flaw.

The carmaker said on Monday that it recalled about 2.033 million vehicles which were manufactured between August 2000 and December 2005. The recall covers over one million cars in North America and 668,000 in Japan.

A total of 13 types of vehicles in Japan including Fit and Accord models are subjected to the recall.

According to Japan’s third biggest automaker, front passenger airbag inflators might have been assembled with an improperly produced propellant component.

Due to the problem, the container of the inflator might rupture in the event of a crash, posing a fire risk.

Top automaker, Toyota, was also forced to recall millions of vehicles globally over the same trouble earlier this month. The company acted after receiving a complaint from a Japanese customer who said the defect caused his passenger seat to burn.

Meanwhile, Japan’s Takata Corp., which made the airbags, said its US subsidiary had manufactured them and apologized for the problem.

“We apologize deeply for causing tremendous trouble and worries to client companies, users of our products and other people concerned,” the company said in a statement.

Honda said it had not received any complaint or reports of injuries on its own.

Meanwhile, defective airbags produced by Takata also pressed Nissan and Mazda to recall hundreds of thousands of vehicles on Monday.

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