Honda profit slips on air-bag woes despite sales growth

Honda profit slips on air-bag woes despite sales growth

Honda profit slips on air-bag woes despite sales growth

Honda Motor Co’s fiscal second quarter profit slipped compared to a year ago as costs related to a massive air-bag recall erased the perks of strong sales, the Japanese automaker said Wednesday.

Honda reported its July-September profit totaled 174 billion yen ($1.5 billion), down 1.7 percent from 177 billion yen a year earlier.

Quarterly sales jumped nearly 16 percent on-year to 3.78 trillion yen ($33 billion), according to the Tokyo-based maker of the Accord compact, Odyssey minivan and Asimo robot.

In September, Honda and some people suing the automaker over faulty Takata Corp air-bag inflators agreed to a $605 million settlement in the U.S.

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