The recall of Honda vehicles outside the U.S. included 1.6 million vehicles of various models manufactured from 2007 to 2011 in Japan, according to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The 1,625,144 Japan-made vehicles have driver’s side air bags in need of replacement. Honda also recalled 5,335 vehicles manufactured in Thailand. The global recall does not include Honda vehicles in the U.S. In June, the automaker added 1 million more Civics and Accords to its stateside recall, which now affects around 2.3 million vehicles. Honda’s global recall expansion comes two weeks after Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. announced they were expanding their recalls to 3 million more vehicles made with Takata air bag inflators worldwide.
Toyota expanded a recall previously limited to North America to include the rest of the world, replacing the potentially defective passenger-side air bag inflators made by Takata in another 23 models, or 2.86 million vehicles, in China, Japan and Europe. Nissan recalled another 198,131 vehicles globally after its May 20 recall of cars equipped with the inflator in North America. Both automakers said that they will replace the impacted vehicles’ air bag inflators. The total number of automobiles wrapped up in the recall – launched after it was discovered that the Takata-made air bag inflators pose a risk of rupturing and sending shrapnel flying at the vehicles’ occupants – was estimated at 34 million at the end of May, which makes it the largest recall of its kind, and that number continues to creep upward.
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