(Adds information on defect, similar recall by GM in June and
background on past recalls)
By Yoko Kubota
TOKYO Aug 28 Honda Motor Co is
recalling about 63,200 vehicles due to a defect in driver-side
air bags made by Takata Corp, the latest in a series of
air bag recalls across the industry that have affected nearly 16
million vehicles to date.
Honda is recalling certain CR-V, Civic, Brio and Amaze,
model years 2012-2015, mostly in China and other Asian
countries, the automaker said on Thursday.
It is also recalling vehicles from several countries in
Europe, Latin America and Africa, spokesman Teruhiko Tatebe
said. The car maker is not recalling any vehicles in North
America, he added.
In the affected vehicles, Takata's driver-side air bag could
contain an inflator that were manufactured with an incorrect
part, Tatebe said.
As a result, when an air bag is deployed, the inflator could
explode with too much force and shoot out metal fragments into
the vehicle, the company said in a statement.
Honda has received no reports of injuries or accidents as a
result of the problem, Tatebe added.
Takata could not be reached immediately for comment.
Honda discovered the problem after General Motors Co
recalled around 33,000 Chevrolet Cruze sedans in North America
in June over the same defect, the Honda spokesman said.
GM recalled the Cruze after an accident in October 2013 left
a Georgia woman blind in one eye and a lawsuit was filed in
April this year.
Since November 2008, multiple automakers including Honda,
Toyota Motor Corp and BMW have recalled
around 12.3 million vehicles globally due to Takata's
driver-side and passenger-side air bag inflators that could
In most of the past recalls, automakers and Takata found
defects in propellants, which burn and emit gas to fill up the
air bag when it is deployed. Some propellants were manufactured
with too little force, some were exposed to excessive moisture
before they were packed inside inflators, and in one case, not
enough propellants were loaded.
On top of that, some 3.5 million vehicles are currently the
targets of regional recalls in certain high-humidity areas in
the United States, or what many automakers call "field action",
after U.S. safety regulators started investigating reports of
inflator explosions in Florida and Puerto Rico.
(Editing by Miral Fahmy and David Holmes)