Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Honda expands recall over Takata airbags.

The AP (6/16, Krisher) reports that Honda said it is expanding its recall of Takata “passenger air bag inflators from high-humidity states to the entire nation,” a move that will “add just over a million 2001 to 2005 Civics and 2003 to 2007 Accords to the recall.” Honda took the step at the insistence of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, says the AP.

        The Detroit News (6/15, Shepardson, 523K) reports that Honda’s announcement comes just days after it “confirmed a seventh death in one of its vehicles linked to air bags rupturing and sending deadly metal fragments flying.” In a statement commenting on the April 5 death of 22-year-old Kylan Langlinais, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said Friday that it was “‘likely’ because of a faulty Takata inflator.” The piece quotes him as saying, “This tragedy underscores the necessity of the actions NHTSA is taking to ensure that every vehicle on America’s roads has a safe air bag.” 

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