Honda Motor Co. plans to recall more than 20 million air bag parts made by Takata Corp. as a preemptive measure globally, Nikkei reported Sunday, without saying where it got the information.
Honda’s plans to recover the Takata products, including in areas where there are few reports of accidents, will probably cost the company about 200 billion yen ($1.87 billion), Nikkei reported. The move by Takata‘s biggest customer could affect other automakers, Nikkei said. Attempts to reach Honda and Takata outside office hours were unsuccessful.
The U.S.’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week ordered Takata to replace as many as 40 million additional air bags linked to sometimes-deadly malfunctions. The action will include all air-bag inflators that don’t have a desiccant to reduce moisture, a factor thought to contribute to misfires that spray bits of metal into the passenger compartment. At least 10 deaths have been linked to the devices.
The announcement by the U.S. agency is in addition to the 28.8 million inflators Takata had previously recalled in the U.S., affecting vehicles made by 12 different manufacturers including Honda Motor, Toyota Motor Corp. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. With the new recalls, up to 69 million inflators will be recalled. Seventeen manufacturers are now covered, including Tesla Motors Inc., Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Plc and Fisker Automotive Inc.