Honda Expands Takata Airbag Recall by up to 1 Million Vehicles | Edmunds

Honda Expands Takata Airbag Recall by up to 1 Million Vehicles


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Just the Facts:
  • American Honda Motor Co. is adding up to a million more vehicles to a June recall for defective Takata airbags following an alleged deployment of a driver's airbag inflator in a 2005 Honda Accord, the automaker told Edmunds on Wednesday.
  • The expansion is limited to vehicles in California.
  • The recall now involves approximately 3 million vehicles, according to Chris Martin, a Honda spokesman.

TORRANCE, California — American Honda Motor Co. is adding up to a million more vehicles to a June recall for defective Takata airbags following an alleged deployment of a driver's airbag inflator in a 2005 Honda Accord, the automaker told Edmunds on Wednesday.

The expansion is limited to vehicles in California.

The recall now involves approximately 3 million vehicles, according to Chris Martin, a Honda spokesman.

"In June 2014, Honda learned of an allegation of energetic deployment of a driver's airbag inflator in a 2005 Accord," the automaker said in a statement. "Honda has begun an investigation of this allegation, pending obtaining the affected components from the vehicle."

Martin said the company will not have "firm numbers (on the recall expansion) for a few weeks based on the cross referencing of available registration data in all of these states."

Honda announced a limited regional recall in June of several vehicles, including the 2002-'03 Honda Civic, CR-V and Odyssey to replace one or both front airbag inflators.

NHTSA said the front airbags made by supplier Takata in the affected vehicles can rupture with too much force in the event of a crash.

"The inflator could rupture, with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants," NHTSA said.

The Honda recall is part of a larger action by several automakers in recalls or "regional field action" linked to Takata following a NHTSA investigation.

No information about the recall expansion had been posted on the NHTSA Web site as of Thursday morning.

Edmunds says: We will continue to follow the expansion of the Honda recall and post updated information as it becomes available.

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