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NHTSA Investigating Airbag Supplier Behind Four Recalls

Probe follows news of expanded Honda recall.

by on Feb.22, 2012

The 2012 Honda Civic is one of the vehicles covered by the recent spate of airbag recalls.

Federal safety regulators have launched an investigation of a major Swedish-based airbag supplier linked to recent recalls by four separate Japanese automakers.

That list includes Toyota, Nissan, Subaru and Honda – the latter maker announcing a recall early this month that was then doubled in size last week, though the total number of vehicles covered by the two announcements is still less than 1,000.  In all, the four automakers have now recalled about 2,700 vehicles.

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The NHTSA probe has centered on the U.S. arm of supplier Autoliv, which told the federal safety agency it shipped about 10,500 potentially defective airbag inflators to those four makers and two other airbag manufacturers.