Honda said 175,000 vehicles in Europe were built with the defective Takata airbag parts and will be recalled as soon as replacement parts have been made available. The Japanese manufacturer confirmed they do not have specific UK recall numbers at this stage.
Honda added they expect the final recall total to be less than 175,000 as many of the affected vehicles will no longer be in use.
In a statement provided to Express.co.uk a Honda spokesperson confirmed a European recall would be taking place with affected owners set to be contacted shortly.
The company revealed models affected by the recall were older vehicles built between 1995 and 1999.
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Speaking to Express.co.uk, Honda’s statement said: “Takata informed authorities of a defect related to NADI inflators (Non-Azide Driver Frontal Airbag Inflators) installed in multiple automakers’ vehicles, manufactured during the period of May 1995 to the end of August 1999.
“Following this notification, Honda has confirmed its intention to carry out a recall for affected Honda vehicles.
“Authorities in Europe will be notified, and owners will be asked to take their vehicle to an authorised Honda dealer to replace the driver front airbag inflator.”
Just days ago Honda announced they would recall 2.7million vehicles in the US over faulty Takata airbags which could explode in extreme temperatures.
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The US recall is set to affect their popular Accord and Civic Coupe models as well as some of the Japanese firm’s luxurious Acura machines.
However, according to CBS News replacement parts are not yet available and repairs could take up to a year to begin.
Honda’s website says exploding airbags could result in serious injury or death and motorists are urged to go for repairs if their vehicle is affected.
The Japanese firm was forced to recall a series of its most popular cars due to Takata airbag issues last year.
UK models affected by the 2019 recall included the Honda Jazz, Legend and Insight as well as the Accord and Civic designs.
Takata airbag faults have killed 25 people across the world with more than 100 seriously injured after their safety devices exploded.
The lethal airbags are not believed to have led to any deaths or injuries in the UK as explosions are more prevalent in warmer weather.
Hot conditions can cause the metal inflator inside the airbag to split which can throw debris into the driver at a rapid pace.
The latest wave of Takata airbag recalls is set to affect 10million vehicles across 14 manufacturers.
Other companies facing recalls over the scandal include family favourites such as Ford and Toyota to luxurious classic such as BMW and Ferrari.
Car parts company Takata shut its doors in 2018 after owing millions of dollars in compensation claims.
How to check if my car has a recall
Honda has confirmed owners of affected vehicles will be contacted when final numbers have been confirmed.
Recall activity will then begin once replacement parts have become available with all upgrades free of charge to owners.
The DVSA found more than 1.7million cars still have an outstanding recall for replacement airbags and motorists are urged to check online to avoid being caught out.
Motorists can check whether they have any outstanding recalls by inputting their driving licence into the DVSA’s vehicle tracker.