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Air bag manufacturer Takata Corp. and Japanese carmakers including Honda Motor Co. are locked in the commercial equivalent of a bad marriage: not entirely happy in each other’s company but unable to break apart and wary of potentially costly court battles.

Honda on Friday unveiled a new model with an unusual sales pitch — fuel efficient, lots of cargo space and, by the way, no air bag inflators made by Takata, the supplier at the center of a global safety crisis that has rocked both companies.

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