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Report: Japan replacing Takata airbag parts quicker than U.S.

Report: Japan replacing Takata airbag parts quicker than U.S. image

Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Honda | posted March 23, 2015 15:10

Japan has already fixed 70-% of the vehicles with defective Takata parts

According to a report by Automotive News, Japan has outpaced the United States in replacing parts of faulty Takata airbags.

There were about 3.05 million vehicles in Japan that have been recalled to replace the potentially defective Takata airbags. By the end of February, around 2.13 million of those vehicles have already been fixed which amounts to a completion rate of 70-percent.

On the other hand, about 17 million vehicles were recalled in the United States for the same issue and by late February there were only 2 milllion vehicles that have been fixed which is only 12-percent of the total.

In order to speed things up, Honda has announced that they are going to launch an ad campaign in the U.S. to be able to reach owners who are affected by the Takata airbag recall.

In addition, Automotive News said that the disparity of the completion rate between Japan and the U.S. “underscores the diffrences in laws and attitudes” of the said countries. In addition, Japan's “onerous safety and emission inspection” keep owners informed of recalls.

Source: Automotive News