On Tuesday, March 12, Honda Motor Co. voluntarily expanded the recall effort affecting vehicles outfitted with defective Takata airbags. The latest update covers an additional 1.1 million Honda and Acura vehicles that “were previously repaired using specific Takata desiccated replacement inflators (PSDI-5D) or entire replacement airbag modules containing these inflators…”
Early in the recall process—which started in 2013—Honda replaced defective airbags with replacement parts manufactured by Takata. Later, it became clear that these replacement parts had “experienced manufacturing process errors that introduced excessive moisture into the inflator during assembly.”
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Honda is encouraging drivers of affected vehicles to schedule repair or replacement as soon as possible.
To find out if your car is affected by this latest recall update, check the list of models covered in Honda’s recall announcement, here.
Or, check the National Highway Traffic Administration’s (NHSTA) resources regarding the airbag inflator recall:
Takata Recall Spotlight
VIN Lookup for Recalled Vehicles
Previous Takata Airbags Recall Actions
In May 2016, the Takata airbag recall expanded to cover between 35 and 40 million vehicles.
The airbag recall affects car models from major manufacturers like BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, and more. About one year ago, Lion News reported that the total recall effort affected nearly 34 million vehicles.
That number of recalled airbag inflators has increased steadily since and is now estimated at about 65 million.
US DOT has a dedicated website set up to help consumers navigate the airbag recall.
Airbag inflators are one of many auto parts that meet the US DOT’s definition of a hazardous material, due to the explosive properties of the propellant—Takata’s inflators use ammonium nitrate—that expands to fill the bag and protect the driver in the event of a collision.
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