Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge and agreed to pay $1 billion for a scheme to conceal a deadly defect in millions of its air bag inflators.
The state of Hawaii is suing Japanese manufacturer Takata over defective air bags they say threaten peoples' lives.
Another person has died from injuries due to an exploding Takata air bag.
Honda is recalling another 2.2 million Honda and Acura vehicles because the driver's air bag inflators made by Takata can explode and hurl shrapnel into the passenger compartment.
Most major automakers are reporting double-digit U.S. sales gains for October -- as the industry rolls along toward what could be a record-setting year.
Honda is recalling 573,000 Accord midsize cars in the U.S. to fix a defective power steering hose that can leak fluid and catch fire.
The recall affects Accords from the 2003 through 2007 model years that are equipped with V-6 engines.
Honda is recalling about 1.5 million vehicles in the US to update the software on the automatic transmission to decrease the possibility of transmission damage.