Honda continues to face a setback after they continued to recall cars globally that are related to the rupturing Takata airbag inflators.
According to reports, on top of the initially announced cars being recalled worldwide as per the statement of Honda Vice President Tetsuo Iwamura, the car company plans to add 21 million more vehicles. This brings the total recall of Honda to 51 million globally.
Car and Driver reported that details about the announced 21 million cars to be recalled are still not available such as when it will start and what are the areas affected in the U.S. and worldwide. As per the latest count, 8.5 million Honda and Acura products have been recalled due to the risky Takaga airbags. This figure is said to be in the United States alone and it remains unknown when the recall expansion in other countries will start.
The latest announcement of Honda comes after the recall expansion announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) earlier this May. The total number of affected cars only in the U.S. is 68.8 million.
Takata also announced last week that they could increase their own recall for airbag inflators to 40 million units more. The total number of recalled airbags and vehicles are most likely not to be tracked anytime soon.
Takata sells airbags and inflators to several automakers but Motor Trend reported that Honda is the supplier's biggest customer making it the car company to be hit the hardest during the recall. Honda has also set an additional $2.45 billion to cover the expenses related to the Takata recall. The overall expense of Honda for the matter is $4 billion.
There has been a design defect in the Takata airbag inflators making it possible for the material to explode. This could result to too much force then shrapnel will be sent into the vehicle passenger compartment. The defect has been linked to more than 100 injuries in the U.S. and 11 deaths all over the world. Honda has accounted for majority of the deaths, Drive reported.
Automakers are hoping for a possible reimbursement but Takata announced recently that they are facing possible bankruptcy.