Japanese car manufacturer Honda is continuing its recall of almost 1.4 million Honda and Acura cars, in order to fix the malfunctioning Takata airbags. This current recall is the fourth part of the recall that was issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) back in 2016. Honda announced it would be moving ahead with recalls faster than the timeline announced by the NHTSA, due to the company’s ability to make significant strides on completing current Takata airbag repairs. Honda stated that it has almost 78 percent of all current recalls fixed, and that other parts are now ready in order to finish the repairs.
Takata airbags are known to be deadly, as they can explode and release metal pieces (known as shrapnel) into the car, when the airbags are activated during a crash. The recall is considered to be one of the biggest in U.S. history, with the recall involving 19 different automakers and almost 37 different models of cars. This amounts to around 50 million affected airbags, according to the NHTSA. Instead of having one massive recall, the recall is being done in stages considering where a vehicle is located and how old it is. From the most recent data up through September 30th, 12.9 million Honda and Acura vehicles based in the U.S. are or have been affected by the recall as reported by Honda.
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