Moisture could damage propellant causing dangerous inflation
More than 100 million vehicles from 19 automakers globally affected
Honda is paying a big settlement to put an end to a U.S. investigation into the brand using Takata airbag inflators in vehicles. The settlement marks an end to the multiple state probes into allegations that the automaker failed to notify regulators and consumers, using airbag inflators it may have known were potentially unsafe.
While the settlement did not involve Honda admitting to wrongdoing, investigations had been ongoing into Honda’s use of Tataka airbag inflators since December 2015, Reuters reports. Since 2008, the automaker has recalled around 14 million vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, replacing airbags that could, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration potentially explode when deployed. Honda was not the only automaker affected by the Takata airbag issue, as more than 100 million inflators have been recalled worldwide covering 19 major automakers.
As part of the settlement, which involved a payment of US $85 million to 46 states and territories invlolved, American Honda Motor Co agreed to upgrade product safety procedures and to work to reduce the risk of rupturing inflators.
Researchers found that moisture was a major factor in the airbags rupturing, with this particualr design prone to water seepage leading to a breakdown of the propellant used to inflate the airbag. Cars, trucks, and even motorcycles from model years 2000 through 2015 were affected, and recall notices have been issued.