Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Faulty airbag parts prompt Honda to re-recall 1 million cars

Faulty airbag parts prompt Honda to re-recall 1 million cars

Is my Honda auto being recalled because of unsafe air bags? But the chemical can deteriorate when exposed to high temperatures and humidity, blowing apart a metal canister and hurling shrapnel.

The owners of 1.1 million, mostly older Hondas and Acuras are being encouraged to check whether their vehicles are covered by the latest air bag recall.

Honda Motor Co said on Tuesday its American unit will recall about 1.1 million Acura and Honda vehicles in the United States to fix a defect in Takata airbags in driver's seat.

At least 15 drivers and passengers in the US have died and more than 250 people have been injured because of the airbag inflators, NHTSA says. Documents posted by Canadian safety regulators show that Honda is recalling many of its most popular models for a second time.

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The Honda models being recalled include 2001-2007 and 2009 Honda Accord, 2001-2005 Honda Civic, 2002-2007 and 2010-2011 Honda CR-V, 2003-2011 Honda Element, 2007 Honda Fit, 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey, 2003-2008 Honda Pilot, and 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline.

A driver in Maryland was injured in a January 2019 crash when a 2004 Honda Odyssey driver-side airbag inflator, made by the now-defunct Takata Corp., ruptured, Honda said in a statement.

TL;DR Honda has recalled more than a million automobiles across Canada, the United States, and Central America due to faulty airbags that can explode and seriously hurt passengers.

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. They contained a moisture-absorbing chemical and previously were believed to be safe. About 100 million inflators are to be recalled worldwide. Honda Canada wouldn't comment on this development but recommends that owners take their vehicles to the nearest Honda dealer as soon as possible to replace the component free of charge.

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