It seems Toyota won't be the only one recalling the faulty Takata airbag inflators for long. Honda insiders in Japan claim that the company is getting close to announcing its own worldwide campaign that would begin before the end of June.

Unnamed sources close to Honda in Japan tell Automotive News that the company is pursuing an internal investigation into possibly affected models and is working with Takata to gather more information. They claim that it could involve even more than the 1.14 million cars worldwide that the automaker covered under the first recall for the problem in April 2013, including 561,000 vehicles in the US.

Toyota jumpstarted this process last week when it recalled over 2 million cars worldwide, including 844,277 in the US. Soon after, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began a preliminary evaluation into the issue following six reported incidents, and started assembling data about potentially affected models from Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Chrysler. NHTSA also began investigating Takata itself.

The safety hazard comes into play because it's possible that the inflators contain an improper propellant that could cause it to burst in an accident. Not only does this affect airbag deployment, in some cases the shrapnel hits occupants too. So far, all six reported incidents to NHTSA have occurred in high humidity areas like Florida and Puerto Rico.

Autoblog reached out to Honda for confirmation of the report and was sent the following statement by email: "Honda is aware that the NHTSA has initiated a Preliminary Evaluation involving a variety of manufacturers with models equipped with airbag modules supplied by Takata. Honda will cooperate with the NHTSA through the investigation process and will continue our own internal review of the available information."


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      mikoprivat
      • 6 Months Ago
      toyota is garbage, honda is a good lawn mower maker. Only some demented low class americans buy toyota
        • 6 Months Ago
        @mikoprivat
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      normc32
      • 6 Months Ago
      Shrapnel too? Maybe the Fit. should change its name to Spark.
      Love McAlpine
      • 6 Months Ago
      This just happened to my Honda 2 days ago... extremely scary and got that powder crap all over me....Dealership wants me to come out of pocket even though they admit this...I AM OUTRAGED! What if our little ones where in the car? I picked Honda because of it's safety awards our family definitely will be rethinking that! McAlpine Family
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Love McAlpine
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      Carpinions
      • 6 Months Ago
      Is that a non-US Civic in the image? Because I don't recall any Civic of that generation that was sold in the US with that body package and wheels that big. At least, I've never seen one, so maybe it was...
        jonnybimmer
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Carpinions
        I think it's a catalogue image for Honda's HPD (Honda Performance Development) accessory lineup for the Civic. I've seen the 1st gen TSX HPD wheels here and there, but I've never seen those wheels shown in the image.
        J W
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Carpinions
        I'm thinking Photoshop, unless that generation of civic (over seas) has five lugs. In the US it had four lug wheels.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 6 Months Ago
      Ha! A few years back, those green Takata harnesses were all the rage among the import car tuners.
      trill.trill
      • 6 Months Ago
      What's up with the 5-bolt wheels on the Civic in the first pic? They are stunning, but I don't get it. Where was that sold?
      Renaurd
      • 6 Months Ago
      Honda has had lots of airbag problems, along with everyone else.