Honda and Daihatsu have decided to recall some 5 million cars globally to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators made by Takata.
The move comes just a day after rivals Toyota and Nissan said they would be recalling 6.5 million vehicles over the same issue.
So far, the six deaths linked to Takata airbags have all been in Honda cars.
In April, Honda cut its profit growth forecast after missing the mark last year on recalls and other issues.
Honda said that the models affected included the Fit subcompact and would not affect its cars sold in the US, where most of the deaths occurred.
It plans to use replacement parts supplied by Sweden’s Autolive, Japan’s Daicel and Takata in the recalled cars.
Daihatsu, meanwhile, said it would recall the Mira minicar.
Other than Honda, all other carmakers said the recalls were precautionary and no accidents or injuries had been reported.
Investigations did show that Takata airbag inflators were not properly sealed and could be damaged by moisture. It is alleged that the airbags can burst under pressure, spraying shrapnel inside the car.
The latest announcements bring the total number of cars recalled because of Takata’s airbags to about 36 million since 2008.
The car equipment maker faces multiple class action lawsuits and criminal and regulatory investigations in North America.
Following the latest recall, Takata’s shares were down 5.6% in Tokyo.
Honda Motor Co has widened its recall for the defective airbags by another 170,000 vehicles globally, taking its total recalls to nearly 10 million vehicles fitted with potentially defective Takata airbag inflators since 2008, including US region-specific recalls.
The Japanese carmaker said on November 13 that a driver in Malaysia died in July after being hit by shrapnel from an airbag supplied by Takata Corp – the fifth such fatality and the first outside the United States.
Honda recalled nearly 10 million vehicles with potentially defective Takata airbag inflators since 2008
Before Thursday’s disclosure, Takata airbags had been linked to four deaths in Honda vehicles in the US. All the victims were hit by shrapnel ejected by the airbag.
Defective Takata airbags are the target of a US safety investigation over the risk they could explode with dangerous force in an accident and shoot metal shards into the vehicle. More than 17 million vehicles made by nearly a dozen different automakers have been recalled globally for flawed Takata airbags since 2008.
In the Malaysia accident on July 27, involving a 2003 Honda City model, the air bag inflator ruptured and sent shrapnel into the vehicle, some of which struck the female driver, Honda said.
Honda learned of the incident on August 27 and notified Japan’s transport ministry on September 10.
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