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Honda to Recall 20m Cars Over Airbag

Honda to Recall 20m Cars Over AirbagHonda to Recall 20m Cars Over Airbag

Honda Motor Company plans to recall more than 20 million airbag parts made by Takata Corporation as a preemptive measure globally.

Plans to recover the Takata products, including in areas where there are few reports of accidents, will probably cost Honda about $1.87 billion (200 billion yen), Japan's Nikkei reported on Sunday.

The move by Takata's biggest customer could affect other automakers.

Attempts to reach Honda and Takata outside of normal office hours were unsuccessful.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week ordered Takata to replace as many as 40 million additional airbags linked to sometimes-deadly malfunctions.

The action will include all airbag inflators that lack a desiccant to reduce moisture, a factor thought to contribute to misfires that spray bits of metal into the passenger compartment.

At least 10 deaths have been linked to the devices.

The announcement by the US agency is in addition to the 28.8 million inflators Takata had previously recalled in the US, affecting vehicles made by 12 manufacturers, including Honda, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler.

With the new recalls, up to 69 million inflators will be recalled. Seventeen manufacturers are now covered, including Tesla Motors Inc., Jaguar Land Rover Automotive and Fisker Automotive Inc.