Honda To Expand Air Bag Recall Nationwide

Under pressure from federal regulators, Honda is expanding a recall of driver's side air bags to all 50 states. The air bags, made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp., can explode with too much force, sending metal shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Takata insists that current recalls...

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In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, a security guard stands by child seats, manufactured and displayed by Takata Corp. at an automaker's showroom in Tokyo. Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. expanded its recalls related to defective air bags on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, saying a driver in Malaysia died in an air bag-linked accident earlier this year. The air bags, made by Japanese manufacturer Takata Corp., have faulty inflators that can explode, hurling shrapnel toward drivers and passengers.(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)Under pressure from federal regulators, Honda is expanding a recall of driver's side air bags to all 50 states.

The air bags, made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp., can explode with too much force, sending metal shrapnel into the passenger compartment.

Takata insists that current recalls covering 8 million U.S. cars in high-humidity areas are sufficient. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants the recalls expanded nationwide after some incidents outside the high-humidity zones.

Rick Schosteck, Honda's executive vice president for North America, told House lawmakers Wednesday that Honda will expand the regional recall it began in June, but will continue to prioritize high-humidity areas.

He also said Honda is working with other air bag manufacturers to make sure it has enough parts.

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