Honda recalls 4,000 cars over fatal airbag fault

Japanese carmaker Honda is recalling around 4,000 cars in Portugal due to continued fears of dangerous Takata airbag defects.

It will be Honda’s fifth airbag-related recall in Portugal, a source from Honda Portugal confirmed.

A Honda spokesman in Tokyo, Japan, told AFP news agency that the carmaker had found some airbag inflators had “uneven gas density, which we worry could do some harm”.

He added that it is a “preventive measure” and “unlike other normal recalls, we are not waiting for the full results of the research”.

Around 4.5 million cars are being recalled throughout the world – 140,000 of which in Europe.

So far, Honda has recalled 24.5 million cars since the faulty airbags were linked to the death of eight people.

AFP says the most recent victim was a woman in Los Angeles, who died last year after a faulty airbag exploded in her 2001 Honda Civic.

It is believed that the airbag was deployed with too much force and sprayed metallic shrapnel at the woman.

Other brands that have issued recalls include Nissan, General Motors and BMW.