Honda has announced a recall of 1.2 million vehicles due to defects in replacement Takata air bags. This includes 1.1 million older Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States. Another 100,000 Takata airbags are being recalled in Canada, Mexico and Central America. The recalls all involve Takata airbag inflators on the driver side.
This is the second recall of these vehicles due to dangerous Takata airbags. The current Takata airbag recall is for inflators used to replace defective parts from a previous inflator recall, announced in 2014.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 37 million U.S. vehicles are currently under recall for defective Takata airbags. Worldwide, 19 automakers, including Mercedes Benz and General Motors, are recalling more than 100 million potentially faulty inflators. Motor vehicle owners can check for recalls here.
Takata uses ammonium nitrate in the air bag inflators. High temperatures and humidity cause this chemical to deteriorate and become unstable. This can lead to violent explosions of the metal canister, which hurls metal shrapnel inside the vehicle.
At least 23 people have been killed worldwide because of the defect. 21 of these deaths occurred in a Honda vehicle. More than 290 injuries worldwide have been linked to airbag deployments in which the Takata inflators exploded.
The replacement airbags are Takata model PSDI-50, manufactured at the company’s Monclova, Mexico factory. They contained a moisture-absorbing chemical and were believed to be safe. However, Honda said it was aware of at least one injury from a replacement front airbag inflator.
Honda’s announcement stated that the recalled cars will be repaired by replacing defective parts with ones made by alternate suppliers. The affected vehicles include the following model years:
- 2003 Acura 3.2CL
- 2013-2016 Acura ILX
- 2003-2006 Acura MDX
- 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
- 2004-2006 and 2009-2014 Acura TL
- 2007-2016 Acura RDX
- 2010-2013 Acura ZDX
- 2001-2007 and 2009 Honda Accord
- 2001-2005 Honda Civic
- 2002-2007 and 2010-2011 Honda CR-V
- 2003-2011 Honda Element
- 2007 Honda Fit
- 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
- 2003-2008 Honda Pilot
- 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline
If you have been harmed by a defective Takata air bag inflator, contact the personal injury attorneys at TorkLaw right away. You may be entitled to significant compensation, which can help you put your life back on track. We can help. Call us at 888-845-9696.