Next month, Honda is expected to start fixing a new round of vehicles just added to its Takata air bag recall list.
Thursday, the automaker issued a revised recall for additional airbag inflators after hunting for all of the potential VINs. This is in the wake of Takata’s recent admission that 34 million of its air bags are defective, which effectively doubled the recall underway. More than 5 million of those vehicles come with the Honda badge.
What’s more, Honda says vehicles serviced under previous Takata campaigns prior to September 12, 2014 will also need to come back in for new inflators. Earlier this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned this might be necessary because first round replacements might not last the life of the car. Vehicles repaired after September 12, 2014 look to be in the clear.
The campaign to replace certain driver-side inflators now also includes the following models:
- 2001-2007 Accord
- 2001-2005 Civic
- 2002-2006 CR-V
- 2003-2011 Element
- 2002-2004 Odyssey
- 2003-2008 Pilot
- 2006 Ridgeline
- 2003 Acura CL
- 2003-2006 MDX
- 2002-2003 TL
“The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion and other factors, including manufacturing variability that, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture,” the recall documents note. “In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.”
Honda is expected to start replacing faulty components on the newly added vehicles on July 1. Owners will be notified by mail and dealers will replace the driver frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. Contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1099.
This week, NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind told Congressional lawmakers that it would take until Fall to come up with a timeline to fix all the vehicles in the recall.
Members of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee also grilled Takata vice president Kevin Kennedy who told lawmakers the manufacturer continues to use the chemical ammonium nitrate in air bags being sold in new cars today. It’s the same chemical linked to the current exploding airbag problem now linked to six deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide.
The problem with Takata air bags, which can violently explode when deployed and spray shrapnel into cars, dates back to 2004. However, it is only recently part of any recall action and experts have yet to pinpoint an exact cause.
The NHTSA says car owners should check the recall website weekly to enter their VIN number as automakers are still identifying vehicles.