American Honda Motor Co. is expanding its recall of certain Honda and Acura vehicles over potentially faulty driver airbags. The recall is part of the now-infamous Takata airbag fiasco that has plagued many automakers, no matter the brand or country of origin.
The defect: affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver-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 driver’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
- 2001-2007 Accord
- 2001-2005 Civic
- 2002-2006 CR-V
- 2003-2011 Element
- 2002-2004 Odyssey
- 2003-2008 Pilot
- 2006 Ridgeline
- 2003 Acura CL
- 2003-2006 Acura MDX
- 2002-2003 Acura TL
Number of vehicles affected: 5,100,000 (expanded).
The fix: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver frontal air bag inflator, free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin July 1st, 2015.
Owners should: customers looking to find out if their vehicle is included in this Honda-Acura recall should visit www.honda.com or acura.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 or Acura customer service with questions by using the following information.
- Honda Customer Service: 1-800-999-1099
- Acura Customer Service: 1-800-382-2238
- Honda-Acura Recall Number: not specified
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
- NHTSA Recall Number: 15V320000
Vehicles that have had their driver frontal air bag replaced previously as part of a recall remedy prior to September 12th, 2014 need to have their air bag replaced under this recall as well.
Vehicles that, on or after September 12th, 2014, received a remedy for a prior driver frontal air bag inflator recall already received an inflator of a different design, and therefore are not included in this recall and do not require additional servicing.
This recall fully supersedes recalls: