Honda Recalls 1.2 Million Vehicles with Potentially Faulty Airbags

Darnell Taylor
March 13, 2019

Honda owners are expected to be told to take their vehicles to dealers to have the inflators replaced.

Honda became aware of the issue after a Honda Odyssey crash, where the front airbag deployed and injured the driver's arm.

They had even been used to replace older inflators under recalls that began in 2014.

Takata used the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate the air bags.

"A subsequent investigation revealed that PSDI-5D inflators manufactured at Takata's Monclova, Mexico facility experienced manufacturing process errors that introduced excessive moisture into the inflator during assembly", the statement continued.

Affected vehicles include model year 2001 to 2005 Honda Civics; 2002 to 2004 Odyssey minivans; 2002 to 2006 CR-Vs; 2003 to 2008 Honda Pilot SUVs; 2003 to 2010 Honda Element SUVs; 2006 Honda Ridgelines; and 2007 to 2011 Accords. Over 700,000 Acura and Honda cars were manufactured in Canada in 2013.

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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. In early February 2019, Honda Ridgeline vehicles were recalled for catching fire when going through a auto wash.

The federal agency says the company will notify owners by mail.

Honda will recall around one million older vehicles for a second time because the driver's air bag inflators previously installed could be unsafe.

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.

Documents posted Monday by Canadian safety regulators show that Honda is recalling many of its most popular models for a second time. They contained a moisture-absorbing chemical and previously were believed to be safe. The defect eventually spurred the recall of 37 million vehicles by 19 automakers.

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