Honda to recall around 1M vehicles with risky Takata air bags

Gladys Abbott
March 13, 2019

Honda is recalling more than 1 million vehicles, replacing defective air bag inflaters it installed in connection with the biggest safety recall in USA history, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday.

"On certain vehicles, there could be a problem with the driver-front airbag inflator", reads a release from Transport Canada. Moisture inside the inflators could lead to an explosion. In addition, owners can get a free rental vehicle for the day of the recall fix, or longer if a replacement part is temporarily unavailable, Honda says. "The vehicle's driver front airbag deployed and the Takata PSDI-5D replacement inflator ruptured, causing an injury to the driver's arm".

ReutersA recalled Takata airbag inflator is shown after it was removed at the AutoNation Honda dealership service department in Miami, Florida June 25, 2015.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said drivers should check their recall status at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls, noting that not all Honda and Acura vehicles that have received replacement air bags under recalls are affected by the latest recall.

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The recall affects almost every major automaker and is expected to eventually require replacement of about 50 million driver's and passenger's airbag inflators in the U.S. But the chemical can deteriorate when exposed to high temperatures and humidity, blowing apart a metal canister and hurling shrapnel.

At least 15 drivers and passengers in the USA have died and more than 250 people have been injured because of the airbag inflators, NHTSA says. The recall covers a lot of Honda and Acura models from 2001-2006. They contained a moisture-absorbing chemical and previously were believed to be safe.

"Honda initially became aware of a potential issue after a single-vehicle crash involving a 2004 Honda Odyssey", the Japanese auto giant said in a statement. The defect eventually spurred the recall of 37 million vehicles by 19 automakers.

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