Honda will reportedly not use Takata airbags for the next-generation Accord midsize sedan, which is due to go on sale in August 2017. Instead, the Japanese carmaker will use airbags made by Takata rival Toyoda Gosei. This marks the first time a carmaker has abandoned Takata in favor of another brand following the safety crisis that forced the recall in 2014 of approximately 7.8 million vehicles equipped with Takata’s airbags.
According to Reuters.com, Toyoda Gosei will supply the driver-side airbags as well as the knee and curtain airbags for the North American version of the Accord.
Citing unnamed sources who are supposedly knowledgeable about Honda’s plans, the Japanese carmaker will begin using Toyoda Gosei's airbags starting with the redesigned CR-V and the all-new Odyssey in 2016.