Bloomberg News report
TOKYO (July 10, 2015) — Honda Motor Co. added 4.5 million more vehicles to recalls involving Takata Corp. airbags, expanding preventative measures amid a growing toll of motorists injured or killed by the safety devices.
The recall involves 1.63 million vehicles including Fit small cars and CR-V crossovers in Japan, Honda spokesman Teruhiko Tatebe said July 9.
The auto maker is still compiling details on models affected in other markets, he said. North America is not included in this latest recall, Honda said.
The latest recall by Honda is the first under President Takahiro Hachigo, who replaced Takanobu Ito this month after a tenure plagued by quality missteps.
Honda has now called back about 24.5 million vehicles to replace Takata airbags.
The expanding recall toll, which Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. widened last month, shows how car makers are struggling to come to grips with the extent of Takata's problems.
Mr. Hachigo, 56, this week pledged to improve communication within Honda, downplayed sales targets and said the company had no plans to support Takata.
The car maker has a 1.2 percent ownership stake in the supplier.
This latest recall is an expansion of the 4.8 million Honda vehicles affected by a preventative recall on May 14, Takata said.
The company's airbags can rupture during deployment and spray metal and plastic at passengers. At least eight deaths, all of them in Honda vehicles, have been linked to the defective airbags.
Separately, Nissan on July 8 disclosed the first injury related to Takata air bags in Japan.
This Bloomberg News report appeared on the website of Automotive News, a Detroit-based sister publication of Tire Business.