In this photo taken Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, Honda cars are worked on at the service center in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. (AP Photo)
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DETROIT: When it comes to making and selling cars, the auto industry thinks and acts globally: There is near-seamless coordination between parts suppliers, factories and dealerships.It wasn't until November of this year -- after the death of a driver in Malaysia -- that Honda recalled driver's side air bags in small cars sold in Europe and Asia, even though the air bags were made at the same time in the same Georgia factory.Automakers used to design cars regionally. Cars in Europe shared few parts with those in the U.S., so when a vehicle needed repairs, the recall rarely spread past international borders. In the U.S., automakers self-certify and cars are tested only after they go on sale.In 2013, there were 714 vehicle recalls issued in the U.S., where 28 million cars, trucks and motorcycles were called back due to safety issues.Some auto executives say global standards would allow them to work from one playbook when designing cars.
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