Honda Recalls 2 Million Vehicles in U.S. for Airbag Inflator Problem | Edmunds

Honda Recalls 2 Million Vehicles in U.S. for Airbag Inflator Problem


For more information on the Takata airbag recall, click here. 10/22/14

Just the Facts:
  • American Honda Motor Co. said it will recall approximately 2 million vehicles in the U.S., including the 2002-'03 Honda Civic, CR-V and Odyssey, to replace one or both front airbag inflators.
  • Honda said it is "aware of one claimed injury involving a driver's front airbag."
  • This is part of a larger action by several automakers in recalls or regional field actions linked to airbag supplier Takata following a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation.

TORRANCE, California — American Honda Motor Co. said it will recall approximately 2 million vehicles in the U.S., including the 2002-'03 Honda Civic, CR-V and Odyssey, to replace one or both front airbag inflators.

The automaker has not determined the exact number of affected vehicles.

"It is possible that front airbag inflators in the affected vehicles may deploy with too much pressure, which may cause the inflator to rupture and could result in injury," Honda said in a statement.

Honda said it is "aware of one claimed injury involving a driver's front airbag," but added it is "not aware of any other injuries or fatalities related to these market actions."

This is part of a larger action announced on Monday by several automakers in recalls or regional field actions linked to airbag supplier Takata following a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation.

NHTSA had not posted any updated information about the recall as of noon Monday.

As of Monday morning, Ford, Chrysler and Mazda also announced actions to fix possibly defective airbag inflators, but those automakers did not label them recalls.

When asked why Honda used the recall terminology, Honda spokesman Chris Martin offered the following explanation:

"NHTSA requested and we agreed that all communications to customers will term these market actions as recalls," Martin wrote. "We want to make sure that people take the mailed notifications seriously, and 'recall' is the most serious language that we can use to hopefully spur an owner to pursue repair. We do refer to the actions as Safety Improvement Campaigns in our formal letters to NHTSA, but we decided that, since the eventual letters to customers will call them 'recalls,' we should say the same thing in our public statement."

In a letter from Takata to federal safety regulators on June 11, 2014 and posted on the NHTSA Web site, the supplier noted: "These requested field actions (by the various automakers) would be analogous to 'regional recalls.'"

Honda said it is recalling several vehicles in three separate actions in Takata-linked recalls.

They include:

  • The recall of certain 2002-'03 Honda Civic, CR-V and Odyssey; 2003 Honda Accord, Element, Pilot and Acura MDX to replace the passenger's front airbag inflator.
  • The recall of certain 2003-'05 Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V, Element and Pilot; 2003-'04 Honda Odyssey; 2003-'05 Acura MDX and 2005 Acura RL to replace the passenger's front airbag inflator. These vehicles were registered in or first sold in geographic regions known for high absolute humidity. The areas include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • The recall of certain 2001-'07 Honda Accord cars with four-cylinder engines; 2001-'02 Honda Accord cars with V6 engines; 2001-'05 Honda Civic; 2002-'06 Honda CR-V; 2003-'11 Honda Element; 2002-'04 Honda Odyssey; 2003-'07 Honda Pilot; 2006 Honda Ridgeline; 2003-'06 Acura MDX and 2002-'03 Acura TL and CL, to replace the driver's front airbag inflator.

These vehicles were registered or first sold in geographic regions known for high absolute humidity. The areas include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Honda noted that the states involved in the recall are broader than those suggested by the airbag manufacturer, which had recommended repairs only in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

"Honda has chosen to expand the affected area for these market actions because of similar environmental conditions in those areas," the company said in a statement.

Honda said customer notification in the three recall actions will begin in late July. Owners can contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009 or Acura at 1-800-382-2238.

Edmunds says: Honda said it is encouraging owners of these vehicles to take them to an authorized Honda or Acura dealer as soon as they receive notification from Honda or Acura. As Honda's Chris Martin pointed out, this is something that consumers should take seriously. Details about how other automakers are handling Takata-linked recalls or regional field actions will be posted here shortly.

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