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Honda's (HMC) latest recall comes one day after its Japanese counterparts Toyota (TM) and Nissan (NSANF) recalled 6.56 million cars of their own.
According to a report by CNN, engineers at Takata first noticed problems with the chemical mix used in its airbags over a decade ago. The problem has to do with aspirin-sized Ammonium nitrate tablets that are put in a metal canister inside the airbag, and are designed to produce a gas that inflates the bag. However, extreme temperature can destabilize the ammonium nitrate causing the metal canister to explode, according to patent application documents the company filed by Takata.
At least five deaths have since been linked to the company's malfunctioning airbags.