Honda Motor Co. has expanded the scope of its recall over defective air bags made by Takata Corp. to include vehicles in the state of California. This brings the total number of affected states to nine. Honda announced in June a voluntary recall of more than 2 million vehicles featuring defective Takata air bags that have the potential to explode or fail to inflate. With the addition of the California vehicles, the automaker said the recall now includes approximately 3 million vehicles.
Honda was informed in June that an air bag in a 2005 model year Accord deployed with too much pressure and subsequently began looking into the alleged problem. Honda then joined the ranks of fellow Japanese auto manufacturers Toyota Motor Corp., Mazda Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Corp. when it announced it was recalling more cars due to the defect in Takata air bags, bringing the total number of recalled cars by the automakers to almost 10 million. The announcement followed a recall last year that saw more than 3.3 million Toyota, Honda and Nissan vehicles recalled for the problem.
Honda’s June recall included affected models registered or sold in geographic regions known for high humidity – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. At the time, the company said it would replace the passenger front air bag inflator, free of charge, according to a statement. Now that the recall has been expanded to include California, the automaker says it doesn’t have a firm number on the potentially problematic vehicles, since the number will come from a comparison of Honda’s production information with DMV records from the affected states.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) said several manufacturers in recent years have conducted safety recalls of vehicles for rupturing air bags. Between 2008 through 2011, Honda conducted a series of recalls concerning driver’s side bag inflator ruptures on various 2001 through 2004 models. ODI said none of the recalls were regional in nature or attributable to atmospheric conditions in field use. ODI said in the June notice of investigation:
ODI is opening this investigation in order to collect all known facts from the supplier and the vehicle manufacturers that it believes may have manufactured vehicles equipped with inflators produced during the same period as those that have demonstrated rupture events in the field.
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