U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating reports that air bags on some older Honda Accords may not inflate in a crash.
Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far.
Nissan is adding 45,000 small cars to a previous recall after a woman was injured by flying shrapnel from an exploding air bag. The woman’s 2006 Nissan Sentra was not part of any recall.
An autopsy has found that a metal disc from a defective air bag sliced into a Texas man’s neck and killed him after a low-speed car accident last month.
Federal safety regulators are looking into the death of a Texas man who may be the latest victim of exploding automobile air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan.
Honda is quietly offering to replace potentially defective air bag inflators across the U.S., even though its latest recall for the problem only covers cars in Texas and 12 other high-humidity states and territories.
If the short circuit occurs, restraint devices including the air bags, pretensioners, and side curtains might not work in a crash.
Toyota, Honda and Nissan are recalling more than 3 million vehicles globally for an identical problem with air bags on the passenger side whose inflator may burst, sending plastic pieces flying.