Honda airbag

Honda has recalled some 143,137 units of the Life kei car and Acty kei truck in Japan, following an incident where an airbag inflator failed to deploy in a crash, leaving a driver injured in the process.

Automotive News reports that the airbag systems involved were not provided by the infamous Takata, but by Daicel, a Japanese firm that specialises in producing airbag inflators. Misato Fukushima, a spokesperson for Honda, revealed that the airbag inflators were “not suitable and had inappropriate velocity”.

She added that the inflators are fitted to airbag systems produced by Nihon Plast Co, and were not equipped as replacements for vehicles with faulty Takata items. Daicel is said to have stopped all production of the inflator systems and is working together with Honda to rectify the situation.

Just days ago, 160,000 Honda Jazz and HR-V vehicles were recalled in Japan for defective power steering components. In July last year, it was reported that the car maker had to recall over six million vehicles worldwide for faulty Takata-made airbag inflators.