While carrying out the Takata airbag inflator recall, Honda discovered that certain 2004-07 Accords were fitted with South American-spec front passenger airbag modules, so it's replacing them with US-approved units.
Shares of the supplier's stock plunge; company's future in doubt.
The largest consumer product recall in history may carry a high price tag. In a worst-case scenario, Takata could spend $24 billion fixing tens of millions of defective airbags, according to Bloomberg.
The automaker believes the German-made inflators are safe.
Volkswagen says in a letter that the company doesn't agree with NHTSA's request to recall Takata airbag inflators because the automaker believes the components in its models are safe. However, the company will still conduct the safety campaign.
A deposition by a former Takata engineer claims the company hid airbag testing failures from Honda in a report from June 2000. The company reportedly got rid off the ruptured inflators from that experiment, too.
Federal Officials Confirm Defective Airbag In 2006 Ford Ranger Caused Fatality
A defective airbag manufactured by Takata has claimed another victim. Federal officials said Friday a Georgia man was killed on December 22 when the airbag in his 2006 Ford Ranger pickup ruptured following an accident along a South Carolina road.