Honda Expands Takata Airbag Recall Campaign

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Safety recalls have been a big problem for automakers this year, especially in the United States. General Motors may be in the limelight for its 80-strong recall tally this year, but Japanese brands and premium names like BMW are also affected by the millions ‘cos a certain airbag inflators supplier made a big error.
We’re referring to the Takata Corporation and deadly airbags its workers fitted to millions of vehicles sold around the world. The latest episode of this saga is actually an expansion, not a call back operation per se. But still, this expansion brings the total affected Honda and Acura vehicles to roughly 5.4 million cars.

The North American division of Honda informs that certain 2001 through 2011 model year Honda and Acura passenger vehicles sold in the United States were added to the original June 2014 Takata recall because the driver airbag inflator may be defective.

As a brief reminder, the airbag may explode with too much force, thrusting metal shards into the cabin.

Affected vehicles are the following nameplates:

  • 2001-2007 Honda Accord with 4-cylinder engines
  • 2001-2002 Honda Accord with V6 engines
  • 2001-2005 Honda Civic
  • 2002-2006 Honda CR-V
  • 2003-2011 Honda Element
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-2007 Honda Pilot
  • 2006 Honda Ridgeline
  • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2002-2003 Acura TL
  • 2002 Acura CL

The Japanese automaker highlights that all cars were sold or are located in 11 US states and territories with hot and humid weather, as follows: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

To date, Honda is aware of only a May 2014 rupture of a driver airbag in a vehicle in California that was not covered by any of the driver frontal airbag call back operations from 2008  through 2011.

If you own one of the aforementioned vehicles, we advise you to stop waiting for that notification letter to arrive and access call (800) 999-1009 for Honda or (800) 382-2238 for Acura to schedule a service department visit to fix the defect.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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