The Honda air bag recall just keeps getting bigger. Thursday, the automaker added another 4.5 million vehicles to the list of cars with faulty Takata air bags that can explode and send shrapnel flying. Some of the added vehicles could be newer model ones built after 2011, but Honda is still getting all of its information together.
At least 1.63 million of the additional recalled vehicles are registered in Japan. Some of the vehicles involved include the Fit small car and CR-V crossover from the 2007-2011 model years.
Including the latest recall, Honda has now called back more than 24 million vehicles worldwide because of airbags that can launch shrapnel at passengers. The air bags are linked to eight deaths world-wide, most of those in the U.S. Another 130 people have been injured.
According to the Wall Street Journal, recall costs are ballooning for Honda, Takata’s biggest customer. In June, Honda revised down its profit from the financial year ended March 2015 after it expanded recalls and set aside an additional $360 million in related costs.
Honda’s new chief executive, Takahiro Hachigo, said the company will recall vehicles when necessary.
“We want to keep on making decisions and taking actions quickly once we realize” that there are any problems, he said Thursday.
Hachigo also told reporters that he believes the inflators that Takata currently makes are safe, though he wouldn’t to say whether the automaker will continue to use them. It’s going to Takata competitors right now for replacement inflators.
Hachigo says the priority remains to find the root cause of the inflator ruptures. Despite a long-running investigation, Takata still hasn’t pinpointed what’s causing its airbags to explode in a dangerous manner though the breakdown of its chemical components is a suspected factor.
Check Honda’s recall site for more information.