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Honda Adds Another 4.5 Mil Takata Airbags to Recall List

Further recalls could be possible.

by on Jul.09, 2015

Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo said the automaker won't financially assist Takata.

Already having recalled more vehicles for defective Takata airbags than any other manufacturer, Honda Motor Co. is adding another 4.5 million vehicles to its global tally, it announced today.

More than a third of those vehicles were sold in Japan, according to Honda, which noted that none of the affected vehicles are in North America. Until recently, the U.S. and Canada constituted the bulk of the recalls involving Takata airbags, but the latest announcement from Honda suggests the problem is much more widespread.

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The latest recall appears to bring the total number of vehicles impacted by faulty Takata airbags to more than 40 million worldwide. At least eight deaths have been directly linked to the problem, all in Honda vehicles. So far, all but one occurred in the U.S. But it remains to be seen if more fatalities will be added to the list as manufacturers expand the scope of their recalls abroad.


Another 5 Mil Vehicles Added to Takata Airbag Recall

Honda continues to be hurt by relationship with airbag maker.

by on May.15, 2015

Takata's Hiroshi Shimizu testified before a congressional subcommittee, but the company maintains it doesn't need to expand its recall.

Days after Toyota and Nissan announced the recall of 6.5 million vehicles due to potentially faulty Takata airbags, Honda and Daihatsu have launched new service actions of their own covering yet another 5 million vehicles sold worldwide.

That will bring to about 35 million the total number of vehicles that have been recalled as a result of a problem that can cause airbags to inflate over-aggressively in a crash, sending shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment. The problem has so far been linked to a half-dozen deaths, most of them in the United States.

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As part of the latest announcements, Honda will inspect and, if necessary, replace airbags in 4.89 million vehicles sold around the world. Honda, which has a financial relationship with Takata as part of its keiretsu, or closely linked supplier network, has had the largest number of vehicles impacted by the airbag problem. (more…)

Recalls Hammer Honda Earnings

Japanese maker’s net income tumbles 43%.

by on Apr.29, 2015

A Takata airbag after a crash.

The recall crisis that reached record levels last year has continued to hammer the auto industry, as Honda shows with the release of its weak, January-to-March earnings report.

The recall of vehicles equipped with potentially faulty Takata airbags led to a 43% year-over-year decline in the maker’s bottom line for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year. At $814 million, or 45 cents per share, the net income was well short of the market forecast of 59 cents a share, according to Zacks Consensus Estimate.

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But Honda laid out a more upbeat forecast for the year ahead, projecting a nearly 10% increase in revenues and a more modest 0.4% increase in net income for the 2016 fiscal year.


Honda Trims List of Vehicles Targeted by Nationwide Airbag Recall

About 5.4 million vehicles sold between 2001 – 2011 now covered.

by on Dec.08, 2014

The 2002 Honda Civic EX is one of the models covered by the expanded Takata airbag recall.

Honda will voluntarily recall about 5.4 million vehicles nationwide to fix potentially defective Takata airbags – about 10% fewer cars and crossovers than the maker had originally signaled when it announced the safety campaign last week.

More than 2.8 million of those vehicles were already covered by a recall Honda announced last June, and the maker says many of them have already had their airbags replaced. They will not need additional repairs.

Honda is the single largest customer for airbags produced by embattled supplier Takata. The Japanese parts manufacturer last week told members of a Senate committee it would not expand an earlier, regional recall for faulty airbags. But Honda and several other automakers have decided to expand the safety campaign on their own.


Honda Expanding Recall, Even as Takata Deems Move Unnecessary

Second vendor stepping in to help supply replacement parts.

by on Dec.03, 2014

Takata has a falling out with Honda over calls for an expanded recall of faulty airbags.

Even as its one of its key safety suppliers rejects a call for a nationwide recall of potentially defective airbags, Honda North America said it will expand the existing service action that originally focused on only select portions of the U.S.

The split between Honda and embattled Japanese partsmaker Takata Corp. came during a heated hearing before a Congressional subcommittee probing a problem now linked to at least five deaths in the U.S. alone.

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In October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ordered the recall of 7.8 million older vehicles operating in Southern Florida and other high-humidity areas because of a propensity to misfire during collisions, potentially sending deadly shrapnel into the passenger compartment. NHTSA has since said the evidence calls for a broader recall of driver-side Takata airbags, though it is still studying potential problems with bags used on the passenger side of vehicles.

While a top Takata official told Congressmen the evidence “does not support” a broader recall,” its largest customer, Honda, said it would accept NHTSA’s demand for a nationwide recall.


NHTSA Debates How Far to Expand Takata Airbag Recall

Agency still wants nationwide recall for faulty driver’s side bags, but hedging on passenger-side airbags.

by on Dec.02, 2014

A Takata airbag after a crash.

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Already under fire for its handling of several recent major safety issues, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration continues to debate how far to expand the recall of vehicles equipped with potentially faulty airbags produced by Japanese supplier Takata Corp.

With NHTSA officials set to testify before Congress on Wednesday, the agency confirmed it is still seeking a nationwide recall of driver-side airbags, but that it is not yet calling for a similar action for passenger-side airbags. The safety agency was sharply criticized following its initial decision in October to order a recall of 7.8 million vehicles in areas with high humidity where the risk of airbag failures was considered most serious.

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The big question is whether Takata will accept NHTSA’s midnight deadline and agree to go along with the expanded driver’s side airbag recall before tomorrow’s Capitol Hill hearing.

Takata Chairman Shigehisa Takada was expected to announce a decision on Tuesday but failed to reveal the company’s position.


Honda Admits Under-reporting Crash Deaths, Injuries

“We acknowledge the problem,” says senior executive.

by on Nov.25, 2014

Honda's safety problems mount.

The recall scandal continues to rock the auto industry with new and damaging revelations.

The latest company to have its reputation seriously smeared is Japanese automaker Honda, which admits it failed to file more than 1,700 accident reports with federal safety regulators as required by law.

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“At Honda, we acknowledge this problem as our management responsibility,” said Rick Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America.


Honda Recalls 170K More Cars with Takata Airbags after Fifth Death

House Dems push for hearings, investigation about the problem.

by on Nov.13, 2014

Honda recalled an additional 170,000 vehicles worldwide for problems with Takata-produced airbags.

The revelation from Honda Motor Co. about another death related to Takata Corp. airbags as well as the recall of an additional 170,000 vehicles added fuel to the fire for members of Congress demanding hearings and an investigation into the company and the problem.

Honda disclosed this week that a driver in Malaysia died in July after being hit by shrapnel from an airbag supplied by Takata. The maker also widened its recall for the defective airbags taking its total recalls of cars fitted with potentially defective Takata airbag inflators since 2008 to nearly 10 million vehicles globally.

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Democratic members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and two subcommittees asked the chairmen to set up Congressional hearings and investigations of the safety risks posed by the airbags that have been installed in 7.8 million U.S. vehicles. (more…)

Honda Cuts Executives’ Pay after Fit Recall

CEO stands to lose $70K due to fifth action on new subcompact.

by on Oct.24, 2014

The new Honda Fit cost the maker's CEO $70,000.

Many executives have incentives tied to the performance of the company they work for, but in Honda’s case, senior executives are being docked some pay after the maker’s subcompact Fit was recalled for the fifth time.

The recall involves 425,825 Fit hybrid vehicles and other models in Japan. Honda said in addition to a noise-related issue there is a problem with the ignition coil or power-supply circuit could cause the engine to stop in the Fit and Vezel hybrids as well as some gasoline-powered Fit and N-WGN models.

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The move comes as Honda is facing lawsuits due to accidents involving airbags supplied by Takata Corp. The airbags have been linked to four deaths, which were all in Honda vehicles. (more…)

Honda Adds Another 1 Mil Vehicle to Airbag Recall

Subaru also impacted by faulty Takata airbag problem.

by on Jul.09, 2014

Honda will recall as many as 1 million more vehicles due to airbag problems, including '03 Accords.

One of the largest safety-related problems in automotive history has become even bigger, faulty Takata-made airbags forcing Honda to recall as many as 1 million more vehicles, while Subaru has become the eighth automaker impacted by the problem.

More than 10 million vehicles have been affected by the defect which could cause airbags to improperly inflate in a crash, potentially sending shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment.

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The announcement comes a day after Honda announced a separate recall due to a separate problem involving the headlights on some of the vehicles sold by its Acura luxury brand. Ford, meanwhile, announced six separate recalls on Tuesday covering over 100,000 vehicles. All told, more than 41 million cars, trucks and crossovers have been recalled since January 1, already a record well ahead of the 34.1 million vehicles recalled in 2004.