Honda Recalls 143,000 Vehicles In Japan After Airbag Fails To Deploy
13 Avril 2016 - Automotive News
Honda Motor Co. recalled about 143,000 vehicles in Japan after an airbag fitted with an inflator made by Daicel Corp. failed to deploy in a collision in which the driver was injured.
The propellant used in the air bag inflators weren't suitable and had "inappropriate velocity," said Misato Fukushima, a spokeswoman for Honda.
The recall is unrelated to Takata Corp., the supplier behind recalls of more than 28 million inflators in the U.S. that have been found to rupture after exploding with excessive force.
The Daicel inflators in the recalled vehicles are fitted into airbag modules made by Nihon Plast Co. and are not used as replacements for Takata, according to Fukushima.
Daicel has stopped production of the inflator and is cooperating with Honda to conduct the recall, Daicel spokesman Masahiko Hirokawa said.
The recall in Japan follows confirmation of a 10th death involving a ruptured Takata air-bag inflator in the U.S., where a 17-year-old woman died from injuries sustained in a March 31 crash in Texas.
The victim's 2002 Honda Civic collided with another vehicle, activating the air bags, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.