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Honda Expands Takata Airbag Recall List of Affected Vehicles

Earlier this week, Honda Motor Corporation announced that it would expand its Takata airbag recall list to include more than 1,200 2015 model year Crosstour sport utility vehicles. The expansion of the Takata airbag recall list stems from a defective inflator tube in the side air bag system. The problem is not related to the previous Takata airbag recalls from Honda and other automakers, which quickly became one of the largest safety recalls in industry history.

Fatal Accidents Prompt Takata Airbag Recall List

Although no reports have surfaced linking the latest problem with the side airbags to any serious injuries, the expansion of the Takata airbag recall list has become the latest problem for the troubled manufacturer. The Takata airbag recall list started when reports of serious injuries and at least five fatalities surfaced late last year. Victims were injured by flying shards of metal and plastic from the airbag assembly when the safety systems deployed. Laboratory reports later showed that the chemical responsible for inflating the airbags could become highly volatile in humid conditions.

Takata Airbag Recall List Includes Honda, GM, BMW

The Takata airbag recall list included millions of vehicles from manufacturers across the globe. The company supplied airbags to many of the major Japanese automakers, including Honda, Toyota, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru. Several American automakers, including Ford, Chrysler and General Motors, also used Takata airbags, as did German luxury automaker BMW. By the end of 2014, the Takata airbag recall list included over 7.8 million vehicles from at least ten major manufacturers.

Takata Airbag Recall List Expands Nationwide

When reports of the problems first surfaced, the manufacturer limited the Takata airbag recall list to vehicles registered to owners living in humid climates, including Florida, Hawaii and the Gulf Coast region. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the federal agency in charge of overseeing vehicle safety recalls, called for a nationwide expansion of the Takata airbag recall list. Many of the automakers, including Honda, Ford and BMW, complied. However, Takata executives have continued to fight demands from both the NHTSA and the U.S. Congress for a nationwide recall.

Source: CBS News

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