1.2m Hondas recalled off roads throughout the Americas

Daniel Fowler
March 12, 2019

The inflator that failed was a replacement installed in 2015 under the terms of a prior recall.

The chemical used in the air bag inflators can burn too fast and blow apart a metal canister, hurling shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

This set of recalls is part of the largest series of automotive recalls in US history, which includes as many as 70 million vehicles recalled.

The vehicles involved in the recall had previously had airbags replaced using the specific replacement inflators or entire replacement airbag modules.

Honda announced Tuesday it is recalling 1.1 million vehicles in the United States to replace defective Takata airbags that have already been replaced once.

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. As many as 70 million will be recalled.

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Honda said it suspects the desiccant was improperly handled at a Takata plant in Mexico, allowing the additive to become saturated with moisture when it was used to make the inflators.

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.

Documents posted Monday by Canadian safety regulators show that Honda is recalling many of its most popular models for a second time.

Some Acura vehicles made between 2002 and 2006 are also covered under the recall, including MDX, EL, TL and CL.

Transport Canada says the recall only affects certain vehicles that had a Takata airbag inflator installed from 2014 and afterwards during a previous airbag recall or collision fix. "The vehicle's driver front airbag deployed and the Takata PSDI-5D replacement inflator ruptured, causing an injury to the driver's arm". About 100 million inflators are to be recalled worldwide.

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