Honda is recalling another 1.2 million vehicles as part of their Takata airbag campaign, which has become the largest recall in history.
This recall just keeps getting bigger and bigger for Honda. Another 1.2 million vehicles in North America are being recalled due to issues with their airbags as part of the ongoing saga of the Takata airbag scandal. That’s 1.1 million vehicles in the US and another 100,000 in Canada and Mexico.
At issue is the airbag inflators and the explosive propellants used to inflate the airbag in the tiny amount of time between when a crash happens and a driver’s head snaps forward. Moisture leakage into the sealed inflator may cause the propellants to degrade. You’d think this would make them less explosive but it actually makes them more, which is just as dangerous.
If a car gets into an accident and the airbag deploys, the explosive force is enough to rupture the inflator and turn the airbag into a claymore mine, sending shrapnel at the driver and passengers.
What’s worse, Takata Corporation made millions of these airbag inflators for almost every car manufacturer for decades. In total, 42 million vehicles have been recalled by everyone from Ford to Toyota, and that number continues to climb.
Honda says they first became aware of the issue in a 2004 Honda Odyssey when what would have been a normal fender bender wound up lacerating the driver’s arm when the airbag deployed.
According to Motor Trend, 23 deaths have been attributed to Takata airbags, with 21 of those happening in Honda vehicles.
A lot of these cars are older models, so Honda might have difficulty tracking owners down. We encourage you to use Honda’s specifically made Takata recall website in order to determine if your car is affected by the recall.
Also, Honda has published a list of vehicles they believe to be affected by the Takata airbag issue. Those vehicles include:
2003 Acura 3.2CL2013-2016 Acura ILX2003-2006 Acura MDX2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL2004-2006 and 2009-2014 Acura TL2007-2016 Acura RDX2010-2013 Acura ZDX2001-2007 and 2009 Honda Accord2001-2005 Honda Civic2002-2007 and 2010-2011 Honda CR-V2003-2011 Honda Element2007 Honda Fit2002-2004 Honda Odyssey2003-2008 Honda Pilot2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline
As usual, Honda will replace all Takata airbags free of charge. They even have loaner cars available at select Honda dealerships for those on-the-go Honda drivers that can’t be without a car for a day.