Honda has added 437,763 vehicles to a previously announced recall to fix drivers-side air bags in 2001 and 2002 model year vehicles. This brings the total number of affected vehicles to 947,913 worldwide. The company will replace the air bag inflator in the cars because they can deploy with too much pressure, causing the inflator to rupture and injure or kill the driver. Honda said it is aware of 12 accidents related to the issue, including one that resulted in death, with the others causing injuries.
The expanded recall by Japan’s number two automaker includes 378,758 vehicles in the United States, as well as 41,685 in Canada, 4,042 in Japan and 13,278 in other countries. That brings the total number of Honda vehicles recalled for the air bag issue to 826,424 in this country. Models affected include the 2001 and 2002 Accord, Civic, Odyssey CR-V and some and some 2002 Acura TLs. Honda informed NHTSA of its decision to expand the recall on February 9th and notified the Japanese government.
Honda issued its first recall related to the air bag inflators in November 2008 for 3,940 model year2001 Accords and Civics in the United States on complaints back to February 2007. In 2009, Honda received five more reports of shards and in June 2009 Honda expanded the recall to 443,727 Accords and Civics from the 2001 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration then asked Honda in August 2009 why the expanded group of vehicles hadn’t been part of the original recall. Honda and its supplier, Takata, said they had limited the recall based on their understanding of a problem with the air bag propellant. Honda told NHTSA in September that the June recall was “expected to capture all affected vehicles.”
NHTSA’s inquiry remains pending. Honda officials claimed their most recent action was not due to NHTSA’s questions or pressure. Honda is notifying all owners of affected vehicles and is encouraging the owners to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer so that the air bag can be replaced.
Source: Free Press
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