Honda is again in hot water over faulty airbags and the company is trying to neutralize the situation.
Honda has recalled up to 1.2 million vehicles as part of an ongoing recall. The Takata airbags in the manufacturer’s cars have faulty airbag inflators that can explode unexpectedly.
“The automotive industry is facing an unprecedented challenge in the recall and replacement of millions of Takata airbag inflators,” a statement from Honda said.
We want to assure you that Honda is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of our customers with vehicles affected by this issue. We stand behind the safety and quality of our products. The protection of the drivers and passengers in our vehicles is our utmost concern, and we urge all owners of affected vehicles to seek repair immediately.
The company has offered free repairs of these defective airbags at authorized Honda dealerships. The full list of the vehicles which are prone to this problem is as follows:
- Honda Accord (2001-2007) and (2009)
- Honda CR-V (2002-2007) and (2010-2011)
- Honda Civic (2001-2005)
- Honda Element (2003-2011)
- Honda Fit (2007)
- Honda Odyssey (2002-2004)
- Honda Pilot (2003-2008)
- Honda Ridgeline Pickup (2006-2014)
Some of the models of Acura recalled for faulty airbags are as follows:
- Acura 3.2CL cars (2003)
- Acura ILX (2013-2016)
- Acura MDX (2003-2006)
- Acura RDX (2007-2016)
- Acura 3.2TL (2002-2003)
- Acura TL (2004-2006) and (2009-2014)
- Acura ZDX (2010-2013)
This recall was prompted by an accident involving a Honda Minivan in the United States where Takata airbags turned out to be defective, according to confirmed reports.
Here is what the experts have to say regarding the matter:
The Takata airbags currently being recalled uses ammonium nitrate to inflate the airbag during a collision by causing a small explosion. The problem is that the chemical can deteriorate over time because of heat and humidity, and this can cause the canister its contained in to rupture, spraying out shrapnel into the passenger compartment.
Thus far, at least 23 have died due to faulty inflators and hundreds have suffered injuries.
By the end of the next year, nearly 70 million vehicles would have been recalled in the US alone.
As many as 100 million inflators could be recalled globally due to this particular danger.