Honda airbags US recall—The Japanese automaker Honda announced Friday the recall in the United States of about 1.6 million vehicles because of a problem in the Takata airbags used in its vehicles, which had already been the cause of previous recalls.
The brands involved are Honda and Acura brands, said the company, which says it will complete its recall campaign six months before the deadline set by the US regulator of road traffic.
Cars impacted include the following models from Honda: 2001-2012 Accord, 2010-2015 Crosstour, 2001-2011 Civic, 2002-2011 CR-V, 011-2015 CR-Z, 2003-2011 Element, 2007-2014 Fit, 2010-2014 Insight, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2015 Pilot and 2006-2014 Ridgeline. Models from Acura include: 2003 3.2CL, 2013 ILX, 2003-2006 MDX, 2015 RDX, 2005-2012 RL, 2002-2003 3.2TL, 2009-2014 TL, 2009-2014 TSX and 2010-2013 ZDX
The problem is with the device used to inflate the driver’s safety cushion, which, in the event of an accident, can break under pressure and throw fragments of metal.
“Honda is announcing this recall to encourage each owner of an affected vehicle to schedule repair at an authorized dealer as soon as possible,” the company said in a statement.
“Replacement parts are available, all from alternate suppliers, to begin free recall repairs immediately, and a free rental car is available to the vehicle owner for the day of the recall repair or longer if a replacement part is temporarily unavailable,” it added.
Honda became aware of the problem when a motorist was injured in the arm during the deployment of his airbag.
The defect found on Takata airbags had been unearthed by US authorities in 2014.
At least 100 million vehicles are involved worldwide, all manufacturers together, and about twenty people died in accidents related to these defects.
Honda has recalled about 13 million vehicles for this concern.
The automaker is urging car owners, who will be notified by letter beginning around Aug. 15, to schedule repairs as soon as possible.
Takata, founded in 1933, did not survive this crisis and went bankrupt in June 2017.