Honda Cars has issued a recall for approximately 20 million vehicles globally. The recall is due to the faulty airbag components that were used by Takata Corp. Several models will be recalled and it will cost the Japanese manufacturer over USD 1.87 million.
Takata airbags have faulty propellant and inflator systems in their airbag units. Honda is the biggest customer of Takata airbags, which is the reason for the overwhelming recall. Officials in the U.S have asked all manufacturers using Takata to replace faulty airbags.
Back in September 2015, Honda Cars India recalled 2,23,578 vehicles across the country. In the recall, Honda replaced airbag components in the Jazz, City, Civic, and CR-V models. Similar models sold in international markets as well were recalled.
Currently, 17 manufacturers make use of Takata airbags in various vehicles. Overall experts suggest that approximately 40 million vehicles around the globe are affected by the faulty airbags. So far, other manufacturers have not issued a recall for replacement of faulty airbag components.
Recently, a study was carried out as to why Takata airbags would malfunction during a crash. The chemicals in the propellant could deteriorate due to humidity and moisture. In the event of an accident, the airbag could inflate prematurely and project shrapnel to occupants, thus, injuring them.