UPDATE 2-Honda adds to Takata air bag recalls; global tally now around 36 mln

Thu May 14, 2015 6:37am EDT
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* Honda recalls close to another 4.9 mln vehicles

* Daihatsu recalls nearly 260,000 of its cars

* Takata shares close down 5.4 pct (Recasts, adds details, context)

By Maki Shiraki and Mari Saito

TOKYO, May 14 (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co on Thursday recalled close to 5 million vehicles fitted with potentially faulty Takata Corp air bag inflators, as investigations showed the problem behind one of the biggest auto safety crises may be more widespread than thought.

The latest move by Japan's third largest automaker brings the overall global total of vehicles recalled for Takata-related air bags to around 36 million since 2008, and comes a day after Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan Motor Co recalled 6.5 million vehicles worldwide.

Daihatsu Motors Co Ltd said it recalled nearly 260,000 cars.

Honda said it decided to recall the cars after finding some Takata bag inflators were not sealed properly, allowing moisture to seep into the propellent casing that could make the air bag explode with excessive force, shooting shrapnel inside the vehicle.

Six deaths have been linked to defective air bags, all on cars made by Honda, which has borne the brunt of the Takata recalls to date, and which posted disappointing profit forecasts last month citing high quality-related costs.   Continued...