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Honda Adds Another Nearly 105,000 Vehicles to Takata Recalls

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In what has become a series of recalls meant to protect drivers from potentially dangerous exploding Takata air bags, Honda has added another nearly 105,000 vehicles to the list.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the recall on March 18, 2015, after Honda notified them that they’d found additional vehicles that had Takata air bag inflators in them.

Honda Recalls More Vehicles with Takata Air Bags

According to a confirmation letter sent by the NHTSA to Honda, the latest vehicles to be affected by Takata air bag recalls include:

• 2001 Accord
• 2004 Civic
• 2008 Pilot

“In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver side frontal air bag,” the letter reads, “the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.”

So far, at least six deaths and over 100 injuries have been linked with the air bag defects. Though Takata hasn’t yet identified exactly why some of the air bags are malfunctioning, it has determined through testing that high temperatures, high absolute humidity, and age of the airbags seem to increase the risk that they will explode.

Notices Will Not Go Out Right Away

As to why these vehicles have not been on the recall list until now, CBS News states that Honda found the additional vehicles “by checking Takata inflator part numbers against Honda vehicle identification numbers in its factory records.” Some of the 2001 Accords and 2004 Civics had already been listed on previous recalls, but the ones included this time have different VINs.

Honda added that the new recall “reflects all possible vehicles that could potentially experience a problem.”

Owners of these vehicles may not receive notification of the recall right away, however. Honda hasn’t set a date yet by which they will send notifications out, most likely because the demand on Takata air bag inflator replacement parts has outpaced supply. The issue has become so concerning that in February 2015, the NHTSA stated it was considering aggressive measures to increase supply of replacement parts—mainly by requiring more manufacturers to produce them.

Honda has already made agreements with AutoLiv and other air bag manufacturers to help meet demand, but has acknowledged that it will take at least six months to ramp up production to the levels needed to meet all repair requirements.

Takata Under Investigation

Last October (2014), the NHTSA demanded that Takata expand its previous regional recalls to include all 50 states, but so far, the air bag maker has resisted, stating that it has no evidence such an expansion is necessary.

Automakers have stepped in to pick up the slack. Honda, Nissan, Chrysler, and more have expanded previous recalls to include more vehicles across the country. Meanwhile, 10 automakers have banded together and hired an independent company to further investigate the defective air bags in an attempt to determine the cause of the explosions.

Takata is under investigation by both the NHTSA and the Justice Department for its mishandling of the air bag problem. Evidence shows they were aware of the potential for explosions as early as 2004. The company and many automakers are named as defendants in at least 70 air bag lawsuits filed in various courts around the nation.

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