Two models of Japan-based Honda, including the Accord, will also be recalled over the air bag
issue, covering some 1,300 units.
NHTSA will evaluate how susceptible the air bag
control units are to electrical signals as well as other factors that could stop air bags
The 2019 (http://hondaairbaginfo.com/) air bag
inflator recall is an extension of the 2014 recall that replaced the ammonium nitrate with a moisture-absorbing chemical that was thought to be safe.
The passenger-side air bag
also appeared to have been cut open, with a huge gash in the dashboard.
Subaru, whose vehicles do not use driver-side Takata air bags
, said in a statement it was "pleased to have agreed a path that encourages more affected customers people to have their vehicle repaired." A BMW spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Netherlands has the second largest number of cars being recalled (22,319) in Europe over air bag
fears, followed by France with 15,260.
A small crack in some inflators in the driver and passenger side air bags
may expand, causing them to partially inflate.
Despite the recalls, the three German companies have made it clear that they are not aware of any air bag
failures in their vehicles.
The latest round increases the total tally to 34 million vehicles that 10 automakers have recalled since 2008 for faulty air bags
made by Takata Corp.
Honda Motor Co said it would recall another around 5 million cars globally to replace potentially fatal air bag
inflators made by Japan's Takata Corp, already at the centre of one of the biggest automotive recalls to date.
The recalls are nationwide for driver's side air bags
. There were separate recalls announced last year for passenger air bags
in high-humidity areas including Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico and the U.S.
made by Takata Corp., a major Tokyo-based auto part supplier, which were installed in automobiles from model year 2002 to 2008, could deploy explosively, and are being recalled in as many as 18 million vehicles.