UPDATE 4-Honda and others recall nearly 3 mln vehicles over air bag flaw

lunes 23 de junio de 2014 14:30 GYT

* Honda, Nissan, Mazda recall vehicles for potential Takata air bag issue

* Air bags may explode, shoot shrapnel inside cars

* Seven automakers also set regional recalls in U.S. (Adds NHTSA comments, paragraphs 11-12)

By Yoko Kubota and Ben Klayman

TOKYO/DETROIT, June 23 (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co and other Japanese automakers on Monday recalled almost 3 million cars with potentially explosive air bags supplied by Takata Corp, bringing the total recall so far to about 10.5 million vehicles over the past five years.

The series of recalls cover both passenger-side and driver-side air bags, which the world's second-biggest automotive safety parts maker manufactured in 2000-02. The total ranks it among the five biggest recalls in the industry's history.

And the tally is expanding further as Honda and six other automakers also said on Monday they were recalling more vehicles in some high humidity regions in the United States, in what they called a "field action", at the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to replace Takata air bag inflators.

In the wider action, Honda said it was recalling about 2.03 million vehicles globally over potentially flawed Takata air bag inflators made in 2000-02 with a risk of exploding and shooting out shrapnel at drivers and passengers, expanding a recall from April 2013. It cited how explosive material used to inflate Takata passenger-side air bags had been handled and processed in 2000-02 at plants in the United States and Mexico.

Nissan Motor Co said it would recall 755,000 vehicles worldwide, while Mazda Motor Corp said it would call back 159,807 vehicles, both also expanding April 2013 recalls.   Continuación...