Honda has the most high-risk models in Takata air bag recall – CNBC

Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2015

In documents, NHTSA said cars and trucks in the “Priority One” group also have driver’s air bags that have been recalled, or both the driver and passenger inflators are faulty, the documents said.

NHTSA defines the high-humidity region as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Saipan, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The agency says people with the vehicles should get them repaired as soon as possible.

The agency set deadlines to make sure older cars in the risky areas get inflators first. Honda, which is Takata’s largest customer, has hired other inflator manufacturers to make replacement parts in addition to Takata. Honda and some other automakers have since said they won’t buy Takata inflators.

Honda says it has fixed 44 percent of the recalled vehicles nationwide, nearly double the rest of the industry, which is at roughly 23 percent.

Ammonium nitrate is a likely cause of Takata’s problems because it can degrade when exposed to airborne moisture and burn faster than expected. Takata has agreed to stop signing new contracts to make ammonium nitrate inflators.

All 12 automakers are required to contact other manufacturers to get inflators faster, and they must have a sufficient number of inflators to satisfy demand from “Priority One” vehicle owners by March 31, 2016. The recall of top priority vehicles has to be completed by Dec. 31, 2017, while all vehicles in four priority groups have to be fixed by the end of 2019.


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