Honda Upgrades Takata Airbag Repair Campaign to Formal Recall Involving Nine Models | Edmunds

Honda Upgrades Takata Airbag Repair Campaign to Formal Recall Involving Nine Models

TORRANCE, California American Honda Motor Co. late Thursday upgraded a "safety improvement campaign" involving nine of its models equipped with Takata airbags to a formal recall.

The affected models are certain 2003-'05 Honda Accord, 2001-'05 Honda Civic, 2002-'05 Honda CR-V, 2003-'04 Honda Element, 2002-'04 Honda Odyssey, 2003-'05 Honda Pilot, 2006 Honda Ridgeline, 2003-'05 Acura MDX and 2005 Acura RL vehicles.

"The affected vehicles were originally sold or registered in 13 U.S. states and territories that consistently experience high absolute humidity," Honda said in a statement. "The specific number of vehicles subject to this transition has not yet been determined."

The vehicles were included in a previous safety improvement campaign or recall announced in June 2014 or in a prior recall announced in April 2013.

Honda dealers will replace the passenger-side airbag inflator. Vehicles that already have had the inflator replaced are not affected.

Honda said no injuries or fatalities have been "confirmed for the identified population related to this recall."

The "transition is being undertaken to streamline the handling of all affected vehicles, each of which require replacement of the passenger front airbag inflator," the automaker said.

The cause of the rupture and link to high absolute humidity is under investigation.

Takata airbags have been linked to four deaths in Honda vehicles, according to safety advocates. The defective airbags can deploy with too much force, shooting metal fragments at passengers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an urgent warning in October to consumers to get the cars fixed as soon as possible.

NHTSA has not posted information about the new Honda recall on its Web site.

Edmunds says: Honda said owners will begin receiving notices by mail in early December in this latest expanded airbag recall.

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