29. June (UPI) – Honda remembers 1.6 million cars in the US over Takata airbags with reports confirming 14 related deaths and over 200 injuries earlier this year.
The recall effects of Honda and Acura car owners who will receive free replacement for Takata frontairbag inflators, Honda said in a statement.
The company added that it is six months before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration deadline for revocation, as this recall of 1.6 million cars marks the fifth and final phase of the recall.
"Phase 5 will be ahead of the NHTSA plan due to significant Acura and Honda repair processes on existing recalls and sufficient spare parts supplies to repair all affected models," says Honda's statement. "The company also has sufficient spare parts, ranging from alternative vendors, to repair all affected Acura and Honda models, including those in the extended population. "
As of June 7, Honda's total Takata inflator recall rate was 83 percent, including annual planned recall extensions since May 201
NHTSA has found that the problem is airbags that use ammonium nitrate based propellant without a chemical desiccant. Long-term exposure to high temperature variations and humidity breaks down the fuel in these inflators. This can cause it to burn too fast, creating too much pressure on inflators, "and in extreme cases, the inflator explodes, sliding scrapers against vehicle occupants."
Honda confirmed the 14th death of Honda vehicle in March. Sixteen deaths were confirmed in the United States in connection with breaches of defective Takata airbag inflators including two in Ford vehicles.
"Takata airbag recalls are the largest and most complex vehicle recalls in the United States history," NHTSA states. "Currently, these recalls involved 19 vehicle manufacturers and about 46 million Takata airbag inflators in an estimated 34 million cars in the United States alone."
The Japanese automakers Takata Corp. Filed for bankruptcy a few years ago, when it came under pressure from litigation and revoke charges worldwide.
Former workers told The New York Times that Takata was aware of and hidden bugs on airbags for four years before the first recall of the brides in 2008.