Honda Motor issued a recall for an additional 668,816 vehicles in Japan Thursday over potentially faulty airbag inflaters produced by Japanese manufacturer Takata, the carmaker said.
The latest recall covers 16 models manufactured between 2009 and 2011, including the Fit compact and Accord and Civic saloons, said Honda, the biggest customer of the beleaguered airbag producer.
The expanded recalls at home and overseas this year are expected to raise the number of airbag inflaters being recalled to more than 100 million globally.
Takata's faulty airbags could rupture explosively when deployed, spraying metal shrapnel at drivers as well as passengers.
At least 15 deaths and more than 150 injuries have been linked to the defect worldwide, Takata said.
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