Honda is recalling approximately 1,200,000 vehicles in North and Central America due to a type of Takata airbag once thought to be safe. The recall is for 2001 to 2016 model years to replace inflators that had not been included in the prior Takata recalls for air bags that can throw shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The recall occurred after a crash and explosion in Maryland injured the driver of a Honda minivan. Takata used ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate air bags in a collision. However, the chemical can deteriorate when exposed to high temperatures and humidity and blow apart a metal canister, spewing out shrapnel.
The inflators in the most recent Takata recall contain a moisture-absorbing chemical that was added to keep the ammonium nitrate stable. They were believed to be safe, and were used to replace older inflators under recalls that began in 2014. But Honda and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration initiated an investigation and determined that inflators made at Takata’s Monclova, Mexico, factory were faulty due to a manufacturing defect. The Honda vehicles will be recalled a second time to replace the inflators.
The recall covers 2001 to 2007 and 2009 Honda Accords, the 2001 to 2005 Civic, the 2002 to 2007 and 2010 and 2011 CR-V, the 2003 to 2011 Element, the 2007 Fit, the 2002 to 2004 Odyssey, the 2003 to 2008 Pilot, and the 2006 to 2014 Ridgeline pickup. Also included are certain 2003 Acura 3.2CL cars, as well as the 2013 to 2016 ILX, the 2003 to 2006 MDX, the 2007 to 2016 RDX, the 2002 to 2003 3.2TL, the 2004 to 2006 and 2009 to 2014 TL, and the 2010 to 2013 ZDX.
NHTSA said not all vehicles that received replacement air bag inflators are affected. Some had replacement parts from other manufacturers that are safe. Owners can check for open recalls by keying in their 17-digit vehicle identification number on the NHTSA website www.nhtsa.gov/recalls. Honda owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by mail in early April, but replacement parts from manufacturers other than Takata are available to begin the recall immediately. Honda is offering free loaner cars while vehicles are being repaired.
The Takata recalls together are the largest series of automotive recalls in U.S. history, with as many as 70 million inflators to be recalled by the end of next year. About 100 million inflators are to be recalled worldwide.
Here are some of the Fatal Accidents Attributed to Defective Takata Airbags in the United States:
|Lafayette, Louisiana||Apr 15, 2015||2005 Honda Accord||CBS News|
|Baton Rouge, Louisiana||Jul 10, 2017||2004 Honda Civic||CBS News|
|Fort Bend County, Texas||Mar 31, 2016||2002 Honda Civic||ABC13, KTRK-TV|
|Holiday, Florida||Jul 19, 2017||2002 Honda Accord||Associated Press|
|Spring, Texas||Jan 18, 2015||2002 Honda Accord||Houston Press|
|Corona, California||Sep 30, 2016||2001 Honda Civic||Fortune|
|Los Angeles County, California||Sep 7, 2014||2001 Honda Civic||CBS News|
|Hialeah, Florida||Jun 19, 2016||2001 Honda Accord||CBS News|
|Mercer County, Pennsylvania||Jul 22, 2015||2001 Honda Accord||Chicago Tribune|
|Midwest City, Oklahoma||May 27, 2009||2001 Honda Accord||NewsOK|
|Orlando, Florida||Sep 29, 2014||2001 Honda Accord||Detroit Free Press|
|Richmond, Virginia||Dec 24, 2009||2001 Honda Accord||CBS News|
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