Honda airbag

Honda is planning to recall an additional 21 million vehicles worldwide to fix defective airbags supplied by Takata. This comes in light of a recent announcement by the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), whereby the recall programme for faulty Takata airbag inflators was expanded to include an additional 35 to 40 million units.

With this imminent recall expansion, Honda – which was previously Takata’s largest customer – is now recalling 51 million vehicles in total. The carmaker is in the process of rectifying all defective airbags supplied by Takata, and has dropped the automotive airbag producer as a supplier for its models as of November 2015.

In a report by The New York Times, Tetsuo Iwamura, executive vice president and executive officer at Honda, did not reveal how many of the vehicles in the planned recall are in the United States or other countries. Meanwhile, Australia’s Drive reports that Honda Australia will announce more recalls in relation to the matter.

As a recap, faulty Takata-made airbag inflators can explode with excessive force when the airbag deploys, spewing metal shrapnel into the cabin. This is due to the ammonium nitrate-based propellant used, which becomes unstable when exposed to moisture and heat. Takata’s inflator design did not include a drying agent to prevent the issue.

Around 13 deaths worldwide have been linked to faulty Takata airbags, including two recent cases taking place in Malaysia. Takata is expected to issue a report on May 16 outlining which vehicles are affected, according to the BBC.