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Honda Recalls in Japan After Accident Involving Daicel Inflator

  • Air bag inflator made by Daicel had `inappropriate velocity'
  • Daicel inflator under recall unrelated to Takata replacements

Honda Motor Co. recalled about 143,000 vehicles in Japan after an air bag fitted with an inflator made by Daicel Corp. failed to deploy in a collision in which the driver was injured. Daicel’s shares fell the most in five years.

The propellant used in the air bag inflators weren’t suitable and had “inappropriate velocity,” said Misato Fukushima, a spokeswoman for Honda. The recall is unrelated to Takata Corp., the supplier behind recalls of more than 28 million inflators in the U.S. that have been found to rupture after exploding with excessive force.

The Daicel inflators in the recalled vehicles are fitted into air bag modules made by Nihon Plast Co. and are not used as replacements for Takata, according to Fukushima. Daicel has stopped production of the inflator and is cooperating with Honda to conduct the recall, Daicel spokesman Masahiko Hirokawa said.

The recall in Japan follows confirmation of a 10th death involving a ruptured Takata air-bag inflator in the U.S., where a 17-year-old woman died from injuries sustained in a March 31 crash in Texas. The victim’s 2002 Honda Civic collided with another vehicle, activating the air bags, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

Daicel’s shares fell as much as 8.2 percent in Tokyo trading as of 9:32 a.m., the biggest intraday decline since August 2012. Honda dropped 1.6 percent, while Takata declined for a sixth day to a record low.

— With assistance by Masatsugu Horie, and Jie Ma

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