Japan's second largest automaker, Honda was recalling about 6,68,000 vehicles in Japan for defective air bags. The recall is to replace airbag inflators supplied by Takata Corp. The cars manufactured during the period between 2009 and 2011 were affected.
Globally, Honda has recalled about 51 million cars with defective airbags. The airbags have caused 14 deaths and over 150 injuries worldwide and Honda's recall is the biggest ever in the history of the auto industry.
As one of the largest consumer of Takata, Honda has said it would stop using Takata-made inflators which caused these incidents. The problem is Takata inflator uses ammonium nitrate-based propellant, but without a drying agent. This causes the tendency to explode.
The recall was to make the ammonium nitrate compound more stable by adding a drying agent. Takata is looking for a backer who can support them financially.