Four different car manufacturers have now recalled their vehicles because of a worldwide airbag alert.
Honda has joined Toyota, Nissan and Daihatsu because of an issue with the Takata airbags all the cars used, which has resulted in five deaths globally. Honda will be bringing in around 4.9 million cars in relation to the fault, while Toyota and Nissan are recalling 6.5 million cars worldwide, including 260,000 in the UK.
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According to investigations into the airbags, the problem stems from moisture entering the weakened seals in the airbag system. This leaves the inflators at risk of erupting with too much force and spraying a car’s interior with shards of metal.
As such, places which experience high humidity are at a higher risk of the fault developing, although the manufacturers have all said that the recalls are precautionary.
Takata faces multiple class-action lawsuits in the United States and Canada as well as an American criminal investigation and a regulatory probe for the issues, which date back to 2008.