TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co Ltd, has increased the number of its vehicle recall for having defected airbags. In total, Honda will recall 13 million cars worldwide.
Honda president Takanobu Ito said the recall is intended to help investigative process in determining "what's wrong with the airbags made by Takata," Business Insider reported yesterday, quipping AFP.
Takata has been supplying airbags system since 1987 to some of the world's leading automakers including Honda, Toyota and General Motors. Honda is Takata's biggest customer and a shareholder with 1.2 percent ownership as of September 30, 2014.
According to Ito, if the same problem exists Honda will respond in the same way everywhere. "But to find the cause of the defect, we will not depend on Takata."
Worldwide, around 12 million cars with Takata airbags have been recalled for having indications that the airbags pose a threat to passengers. According to the National Agency for Traffic Safety, the inflators in Takata airbags deploy too fast and could explode.
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