American Honda Motor Co. is expanding its recall of the Honda Accord and Honda Civic over potentially faulty airbags. Part of the now-infamous Takata airbag fiasco that has plagued many automakers, no matter the brand or country of origin, the recall follows a similar campaign for driver-side airbag inflators.
The defect: affected vehicles are equipped with a passenger-side frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion and other factors, including manufacturing variability that, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.
The hazards: in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger’s air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the passenger seat occupant or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
|MANUFACTURER||MAKE||MODEL||MODEL YEAR||PRODUCTION RANGE|
|HONDA AMERICAN MOTOR CO.||HONDA||ACCORD||2003-2007||AUGUST 16, 2002 – AUGUST 28, 2007|
|HONDA AMERICAN MOTOR CO.||HONDA||CIVIC||2001-2005||APRIL 25, 2000 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2005|
Number of vehicles affected: 2,300,000 (expanded).
The fix: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator, free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin July 13, 2015.
Owners should: customers looking to find out if their vehicle is included in this Honda recall should visit www.honda.com and click on Recalls at the bottom of the page.
Customers can then enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see any open recalls as well as customer satisfaction programs. If the vehicle is part of the recall, customers should take it to a Honda or Acura dealer.
Owners may contact Honda customer service with questions by using the following information.
- Honda Customer Service: 1-800-999-1099
- Honda Recall Number: JS1 and JS2
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
- NHTSA Recall Number: 15V370000
Notes: vehicles that have already received a replacement passenger air bag inflator as part of the recall remedy for the following earlier campaigns are not included in this recall:
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