WASHINGTON — American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 2.23 million Honda and Acura vehicles from the 2005-'16 model years equipped with potentially defective driver-side front Takata airbags as the airbag crisis deepens.
But owners of these vehicles face a months-long wait for the repair.
The vehicles are:
- 2005-'12 Acura RL
- 2007-'11 Honda CR-V
- 2007-'16 Acura RDX (early production MY 2016 vehicles only)
- 2007-'14 Honda Ridgeline
- 2009-'14 Honda Fit
- 2009-'14 Acura TL
- 2010-'14 Honda FCX Clarity
- 2010-'14 Honda Insight
- 2010-'13 Acura ZDX
- 2011-'15 Honda CR-Z
- 2013-'16 Acura ILX (early production MY 2016 vehicles only)
"The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal airbag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture," said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its recall summary. "In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal airbag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death."
Takata told NHTSA in January that about 3.9 million PSDI-5 inflators made for several automakers could rupture. Honda's new recall expansion is included in that count.
"Honda has received no reports of Takata PSDI-5 inflator ruptures in Honda or Acura vehicles worldwide," Honda said in a statement.
The faulty inflators have been linked to nine U.S. deaths.
"Due to the large volume of new inflators needed to repair vehicles, the necessary replacement parts will not become available until summer 2016," Honda said.
In addition, owners of these vehicles must wait until around February 15 to conduct a VIN (vehicle identification number) search of the Honda, Acura and NHTSA websites.
Honda said the list of specific VIN numbers included in the latest recall has not yet been determined.
Older model-year vehicles in certain high absolute humidity areas, including Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam and American Samoa will go to the head of the line for repairs, Honda said.
The recall will then expand to other parts of the country as more replacement parts become available.
Honda said with this new action, approximately 8.51 million Honda and Acura vehicles have been or are now subject to replacement of a Takata driver and/or passenger front airbag inflator in the U.S.
Owners can contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should begin checking NHTSA's VIN lookup tool on February 15 to see if the recall affects them. Honda and Acura dealers can also provide updates on parts availability.