The Takata air bag recalls just keep coming from Honda. Now the automaker is recalling more than a million more Civic and Accord models to fix passenger front inflators deemed defective by Takata. Specifically the recall adds certain 2001-2005 Civic models and 2003-2007 Accord models to the massive recall list. This bring the total number of Accord and Civic sedans with recalled air bags to about 2.3 million, the automaker said.
Meanwhile, Honda also recently confirmed a 7th death linked to the air bags. It involves a crash that killed a Louisiana woman in a 2005 Honda Civic back in April. 22-year-old Kylan Langlinais had received a recall notice two days after the crash and two days before she died, according to a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Lafayette, La. The lawsuit alleged that the driver’s side airbag “violently exploded and sent metal shards, shrapnel and/or other foreign material into the passenger compartment.”
The rupture “resulted in the death of the driver,” Honda said in a statement. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the Langlinais family during this difficult time.”
“Honda has communicated information collected to date about this crash to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and a NHTSA representative was present when Honda inspected the airbag inflator to confirm rupture,” the statement said
At least six other deaths, all in Hondas, are attributed to the faulty air bags, along with more than 100 injuries.
Honda said its dealers are currently been replacing about 50,000 air bag inflators a week.
Jun 15, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda today announced that it will initiate a national recall to replace, free of charge, Takata passenger front airbag inflators installed in certain 2001-2005 Civic and 2003-2007 Accord models sold in the United States following a recently announced defect determination by Takata. The recall will add 1.39 million passenger front airbag inflators not previously subject to either a recall or safety improvement campaign.
In its preliminary announcement on May 28, Honda stated that it would recall a more limited population of vehicles. That announcement, which was based on the specific regional nature of the defect determination made by Takata, indicated that approximately 350,000 additional passenger front airbag inflators would be added to inflators included in an earlier regional action (14V-700). However, the NHTSA subsequently interpreted the Takata defect determination as requiring a national recall and directed Honda to conduct a national recall. As a result, based on the Takata defect determination and the NHTSA’s subsequent directive, Honda decided to conduct a national recall that will include approximately 1.39 million inflators not previously subject to recall or safety improvement campaign (this includes the estimated 350,000 inflators mentioned in the preliminary announcement). According to currently available information, this results in a total of approximately 2.3 million passenger front airbag inflators now requiring replacement in this action.
Importantly, approximately 915,000 of the affected Civic and Accord vehicles included in existing passenger front airbag inflator recalls and Honda’s voluntary safety improvement campaigns (13V-132, 14V-349, 14-353 and 14V-700) will transition into the new recall. The same free repair – replacement of the passenger front airbag inflator – will be completed under the new national action.
NOTE: Today’s announcement does not alter the nature or scope of the national driver front airbag inflator recall that also was announced on May 28, 2015.
Mailed notification to registered owners of vehicles affected by this recall will occur within 60 days. The most-updated available consumer information about this action can be obtained at www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or by calling (800) 999-1009 for Honda owners or (800) 382-2238 for Acura owners, and selecting option 4.