We have told you how Takata airbags can deploy violently and send metal fragments at passengers in collisions. This is a serious safety defect and it’s only getting bigger. Honda manufactured hundreds of thousands of vehicles with these dangerous airbags. Recently, the automaker said it would recall certain 2008 Pilots, 2004 Civics and 2001 Accords. This adds almost 105,000 more vehicles to the list of vehicles recalled by Honda. These vehicles became the latest to join a growing recall of the driver’s side airbag that can explode unexpectedly. No 2008 year Pilots had been recalled before for the defect.
Takata said in a regulatory filing that all of the vehicles had been identified on March 5 through a process of matching Takata airbag inflater part numbers to individual vehicle identification numbers, or VINs. Honda discovered that the more than 88,000 Pilots should have been included in last year’s Takata-related recall, a limited regional action that was expanded nationally in December after pressure from federal regulators.
More than 18 million vehicles with the faulty airbags, including cars produced by Honda, Chrysler, Ford and other major automakers, have been recalled in the United States, and at least six deaths worldwide have been linked to the defect. Last month, safety regulators began to fine Takata $14,000 a day for not fully cooperating with their investigation into the Japanese supplier’s hazardous airbags. If you have questions about the Takata airbag problem, please contact Chris Glover, a lawyer in our firm’s Personal Injury/Products Liability Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org/
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