Honda Motor Co. is expecting to issue a recall of vehicles fitted with possibly faulty airbag inflators from Takata Corp. by the end of this month, a source privy with the matter told Automotive News. Toyota has already recalled vehicles equipped with the component from Takata.
While waiting for more information from Takata regarding the issue, Honda has already launched a probe into how many vehicles it would recall as well as where they should be called back, the source said, adding that the figure could top the 1.14 million vehicles the Japanese carmaker recalled globally in 2013.
Honda spokeswoman Akemi Ando remarked that once they have determined that there are vehicles that should be recalled, the carmaker will swiftly issue one. Toyota recently issued a recall of 1.62 million previously called back vehicles outside Japan and 650,000 more in Japan not previously recalled.
Toyota’s figures meant that the number of called back vehicles fitted with the faulty airbags has already topped 7 million in the past five years. Toyota's 2013 recall was a part of a larger move by carmakers like Honda, Nissan Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp.
That year, the carmaker recalled around 3.6 million vehicles with faulty airbag inflators. Toyota said that it has found out that the serial numbers of possibly faulty inflators that Takata had supplied were incomplete. Takata, meanwhile, said it supports Toyota's recall.
The Japanese Transport Ministry has already ordered carmakers like Honda, Nissan and Mazda to find out whether they also have to expand their recalls.
The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched this week an investigation into almost 1.1 million vehicles built by Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda and Chrysler Group after receiving six reports of airbags failing to deploy in the humid climates of Florida and Puerto Rico.