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Honda expecting lower profits in 2015 as a result of Takata air bag recall costs

A prolonged (and apparently expensive) Honda recall to replace potentially dangerous Takata Corp. air bags has caused the Japanese automaker to cut approximately 6.5 percent of its profits from the company’s annual profit predictions. Instead, Honda is placing millions of dollars aside to ensure that the recalled vehicles are fixed. The Takata airbag recalls began when millions of cars from nine different auto manufacturers were recalled in June due to defective airbag inflators produced by the Japanese supplier Takata Corp. The recall notice claims that the airbags may burst from the defective inflators, resulting in metal fragments blasting into the ... Read More

Japanese automakers expand Takata airbag recalls, more than half a million vehicles affected

Three Japanese auto manufacturers said on Thursday they are expanding recalls of vehicles with potentially deadly Takata-made airbags. The latest recalls encompass some 550,000 vehicles and bring the total number of vehicles recalled globally since 2008 to about 20 million. Honda Motor, which has been affected by the Takata airbag problem more than any other automaker, announced it would recall an additional 400,000 vehicles worldwide to replace the airbags, which contain a moisture-sensitive inflator mechanism that can cause airbags to deploy with excessive force or explode, spraying vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel. The latest Honda Takata airbag recalls expansion includes ... Read More

Honda underreported potential defects to federal regulators, audit finds

Honda Motor Company said Monday that an independent third-party audit of company records found it failed to report injury and death notices and claims to federal regulators more than half the time in the last 11 years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regards written notices submitted to automakers as “Early Warning Reports” that could help regulators detect defects and other safety trends, which could lead to recalls and possibly save lives. In 2003, Congress passed the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act, requiring motor vehicle manufacturers to provide federal regulators with Early Warning Reports and warranty or ... Read More

Honda expands exploding airbag recall again after deadly Malaysia accident

Honda Motor Corp. has widened its recall of vehicles fitted with faulty airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. by another 170,000 units. The announcement came after the company said that a driver died in Malaysia after being blasted with shrapnel from one of the defective airbags. The fatality in Malaysia was the fifth known record of a driver or passenger being killed by an exploding airbag in a Honda vehicle and the first such death to occur outside of the United States. The Takata airbags at the center of the Honda recall and recalls by 11 different other car ... Read More

Honda stripping customers of legal recourse in event of ‘exploding airbag’ injury

Anyone who wants to buy certain used 2001-2011 Honda and Acura vehicles at a Honda dealership will now be required to sign a document agreeing to let Honda off the hook in the event the vehicle’s airbag explodes, maiming or killing the vehicle’s occupants. Honda is one of several carmakers recalling vehicles over faulty airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata. These airbags have the potential to explode even in very low-impact bumps, such as a fender bender, due to a faulty moisture-sensitive inflator that can cause the airbag to burst into the vehicle cabin with excessive force. And the word ... Read More

Airbag defect triggers recall of nearly 3 million Honda, Mazda, Nissan vehicles

Three major Japanese automakers have recalled nearly 3 million vehicles worldwide to fix potentially faulty airbags made in the U.S. and Mexico by Tokyo-based Takata Corp. The June 23 recalls encompass Honda, Mazda, and Nissan vehicles and widen a previous April 2013 recall that failed to include all the affected vehicles due to record-keeping problems at Takata. The Takata airbag problem stems from glitches in the inflator propellant. During the manufacturing process, improper storage of the components at the factories likely degraded them, making them prone to explode and send metal shrapnel into the vehicle’s cabin. The latest Takata recall ... Read More

Toyota recall of potentially exploding airbag triggers federal investigation

Toyota said it is re-recalling 766,300 cars and trucks in the U.S. for a potential airbag defect that could result in front seat occupants being struck by shrapnel blasting out of the inflating airbags. The company is also expanding the recall to include 2.3 million vehicles worldwide for the same problem, triggering the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to investigate Tokyo-based supplier Takata, which produced the faulty airbag units. Toyota originally recalled the affected vehicles in April 2013, mainly for inspection of the airbag assemblies and possible replacement of the inflator. But the carmaker has since learned that Takata ... Read More

Honda recalling Odyssey minivans for possible fuel leak, fire risk

Honda announced a recall of nearly 900,000 Honda Odyssey minivans in the United States, citing possible problems with fuel pump filters that could leak gasoline, causing a fire hazard. The recall was filed today with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall affects model year 2005-2010 Odysseys. Honda says the cover on the fuel pump strainer can crack and lead to leaking fuel. Consumers may also notice a strong fuel smell due to cracked covers. The auto maker has received 187 warranty claims for fuel pump replacement, and began investigating the problem in October 2012. Honda is in ... Read More

Unexpected airbag deployment causes Honda to recall about 374,000 older model vehicles

Due to an electrical problem potentially causing the airbag system to malfunction, Honda Motor Co. announced a recall of approximately 374,000 of their vehicles. This recall will affect 318,000 Honda Odyssey minivans from the 2003 and 2004 model years, and 56,000 Acura MDX sport-utility vehicles from 2003. These vehicles could suffer from an electrical interference, allowing the vehicles’ supplemental restraint systems, also known as SRS, to suddenly inflate the airbags without cause. The recall brings about uncertainty amongst drivers regarding the lifespan of airbag systems in older vehicles. Despite testing done by safety groups on airbag systems of vehicles up ... Read More

Honda recalls vehicles for faulty brakes

Honda has issued a worldwide recall for vehicles whose brakes may be improperly manufactured, posing a risk of failure, which could result in a crash. In the U.S., affected models are the 2006 model year Acura RSX and 2006 and 2007 model years Honda S2000. The manufacturer reports power brake booster parts were not made according to specifications. As a result, vehicle owners may experience a decrease in braking power over time, which could result in a crash. Honda has no reports of accidents or injuries as a result of the defect to date. Vehicle owners will be notified by ... Read More