TORRANCE, California — Honda said it is accelerating production of replacement parts in the Takata airbag recall crisis, along with scouring salvage yards to find recalled inflators "so that they will never be installed in another vehicle."
"We expect the additional parts from new inflator suppliers, along with increased inflator production by Takata, will help alleviate this situation in the near future," Honda said in a statement on Tuesday.
Honda said this move will help "accelerate the pace of repairs."
While not spelling out an exact timetable for affected consumers, Honda said it may take "from several days to several weeks to repair an affected vehicle, as demand for certain inflators exceeds supply currently coming from Takata, even as we continually receive additional parts."
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in late February that nearly 90 percent of vehicles with defective Takata airbags remain unrepaired.
Approximately 17 million vehicles with defective Takata airbags have been recalled since 2008 and just under 2 million of those have been fixed as of December 31, according to NHTSA spokesman Gordon Trowbridge.
The defective airbag inflators can rupture in a collision, spewing shrapnel at vehicle occupants. At least six deaths have been linked to the defective Takata airbag inflators.
In its second call to action in as many days, Honda urged affected owners to contact an authorized Honda dealer for next steps.
The automaker said it is "working with our dealers to take good care of our customers throughout the entire process of scheduling and completing each repair."
Honda's latest update precedes a Friday policy speech by Dr. Mark Rosekind, the new administrator of NHTSA, to the Consumer Federation of America. Rosekind will outline the agency's goals for his tenure, which include strengthening how vehicles and equipment with safety-related defects are identified and recalled, the agency said on Tuesday.
Rosekind is expected to update the Takata recall crisis in the speech.
Edmunds says: Consumers can check the Vehicle Identification Number look-up tool on the NHTSA Web site to see if their vehicle is included in the Takata recall. Owners also can check the recall status of Honda and Acura vehicle by calling their dealer or going to Recalls.honda.com.