Honda recall in China over airbags
Honda will recall more than 245 000 vehicles in China over concerns regarding airbags made by troubled Japanese manufacturer Takata.
The Japanese manufacturer and its Chinese joint venture partner, Guangqi Honda, will start withdrawing vehicles fitted with the potentially faulty airbags in the last week of October. The models will include Accord, Fit, City, Crosstour and Everus S1 models, a Chinese consumer watchdog announced. The airbags will be replaced for free.
Takata has recalled about 100-million airbags produced for some of the world’s largest automakers, including about 70-million in the US, because of a risk that they could improperly inflate and rupture, potentially firing deadly shrapnel at the occupants.
The problem has been linked to a number of deaths and injuries worldwide. In China, the defect involves more than 20-million vehicles, most of which have already been recalled.
Last month, Honda reached a multi-million dollar settlement in a lawsuit over defective airbags in millions of cars on American roads.
Honda joins Nissan, Toyota, BMW, Mazda and Subaru in agreeing a deal to settle a lawsuit, replace the defective airbags from now-bankrupt Takata, and to compensate car owners.
The Honda models affected date back to 2001.
The airbag issue led to the biggest car recall in history of about 100-million vehicles worldwide. In February Takata pleaded guilty to fraud for hiding the defect and paid a R14-billion fine. The company filed for bankruptcy in June.
The bankruptcy could mean the major car manufacturers may find the airbag producer will not reimburse them for their costs, despite a huge fund created by Takata in January.
Honda will recall vehicles in China after the company also launched the largest recall ever in the US over airbag problems.