Honda Motors has confirmed the addition of 4.5 million vehicles to the global tally of recalls spurred on the back of Takata Corp. air bag safety concerns. In total, Honda has new recalled more than 24.5 million vehicles worldwide for the replacement of potentially deadly air bags.
Speaking on behalf of the automaker, Teruhiko Tatebe confirmed on Thursday morning that around 1.63 million of the affected vehicles are located in Japan and include CR-V crossovers and the smaller Honda Fit. No official details have yet been revealed as to the locations of the other vehicles or how many maybe present in international markets – Tatebe said the data is being studies and further clarification will be issued shortly.
The announcement confirms the first recall to be implemented since President Takahiro Hachigo took over from Takanobu Ito who endured a rather turbulent period in the run-up to his departure. Exactly how far the Takata air bag recall will ultimately go remains to be seen as both Nissan and Toyota announced further large-scale vehicle recalls during June.
Meanwhile, General Motors has confirmed a new recall covering close to 200,000 Hummers of which 165,000 are located in the United States. The recall was prompted in order to address a potential fire risk which according to GM can be triggered by and overheating air conditioning blower motor control module.
To date, the fault has been linked with three minor incidents though no serious injuries or accidents, the details of the recall reveal. GM ceased production of the Hummer in 2010, thought has confirmed that all necessary repairs will be carried out at no expense to the car’s owner.