Tokyo, Japan — May 27, 2015 — Manufacturers continue to recall cars in response to Takata airbag inflation mechanism concerns, and according to the New York Times, Honda Motor Company has decided to recall millions of vehicles manufactured between 2002 and 2008, such as Accords and Civics.
The source says that nearly 5 million vehicles have been newly recalled, although they were mostly available in Japan and have reportedly not contributed to any known injuries. On the other hand, the six deaths associated with the exploding Takata systems were originally all traced to Honda vehicles.
The new total for cars recalled because of Takata airbag concerns is now near $35 million, the source said, and Honda is taking the effort to replace faulty inflators. Earlier this week, Nissan and Toyota recalled more than 6 million vehicles total for similar worries.
Sho Minekawa, the company’s CEO, said that the new recall is expected to have “some impact” on Japanese sales. Reuters said that other manufacturers from that country will likely face pressure from the transport minister to follow in Honda’s footsteps and issue their own recalls.
This same week, Acura, a division of Honda, also recalled several vehicles, albeit for an unrelated issue. A statement from that company said that 19,500 MDX and RLX cars are being recalled because of a fault in the Collision Mitigation Braking System that could be triggered by “a metallic structure.” The radar system could apply the brakes at the wrong time and possibly instigate a crash.
In both of these cases, circulating proper recall information is paramount to replacing defective systems and achieving goals. The Takata recall is likely to inspire more news in the future, so giving consumers and dealers the knowledge they need may help them prepare for further response efforts.