Honda Motor Co. and their Chinese partners are recalling one million Sports Utility Vehicles and sedans because of potentially defective airbags, China’s product quality agency made the announcement on June 17, 2016. Honda recalls cars worldwide to replace air bags from Takata Corp. that may rupture under too much pressure and cause injuries to passengers.
The inflators on the Takata Corp air bags are defective and have caused 11 deaths worldwide and over 100 injuries. Over a 100 million vehicles may be recalled worldwide. The recall is for CR-V utility vehicles, Civic and Platinum Rui sedans and hybrids that were made by Honda Automobile Co., at the Dongfeng plant, for vehicles that were produced between 2007 and 2011.
Honda recalled almost 800,000 vehicles in Japan earlier in June for the same faulty air bags by the Takata Corp. The airbag manufacturer has not been able to keep up with the recalls to provide replacement parts as quickly as needed. A large number of recalls and the deaths have put the company under investigation. Malaysian authorities are currently investigating two or more deaths that were caused by airbags that ruptured that were produced by Takata Corp.
By Gichele Cocrelle
Edited by Cathy Milne
Associated Press: Honda recalls 1 million cars in China for air bag problems
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