Honda Expands Takata Airbag Recall, But Not in U.S. | Edmunds

Honda Expands Takata Airbag Recall, But Not in U.S.

TORRANCE, California Honda issued another Takata-related global airbag recall, but told Edmunds early Thursday that "this is not a U.S. issue."

The death toll linked to the faulty Takata airbag inflators grew to five, with Honda announcing the first fatality outside the U.S.

A woman in Malaysia died while driving a 2003 Honda City compact sedan. The City is not sold in the U.S. The other four deaths occurred in North America.

The latest Honda recall involves 170,699 vehicles worldwide, including the Honda Fit, City and Civic.

"On November 13, 2014 in Japan, Honda announced its intention to conduct a recall in a number of its global markets to replace driver's front airbag inflators," Honda said in a statement. "The airbag inflator design included in this recall was not used in any Honda or Acura vehicles sold in the United States. Therefore, no vehicles in the United States will be included in this recall."

American Honda spokesman Chris Martin added in an e-mailed message: "The design of the inflators in question is simply not used on any of our vehicles in the U.S."

In the meantime, a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has subpoenaed Takata's U.S. operation to produce documents related to airbag defects, according to Reuters.

Honda has recalled more than 6 million vehicles to replace Takata-supplied airbag inflators.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last month urged owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags.

"The message comes with urgency, especially for owners of vehicles affected by the regional recalls in the following areas: Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii," NHTSA said.

The defective airbags can shoot metal fragments at vehicle occupants, posing a serious risk of injury.

Edmunds says: Honda hastens to reassure U.S. consumers in this latest chapter of the Takata airbag crisis.

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