Honda Motor Co. has announced yesterday i.e. March 17th that they will be replacing roughly 1.1 million defective Takata airbag inflators in Acura and Honda vehicles on the driver’s side. This has happened for the second time in the same vehicles. Honda was initially made aware of the problem after a 2004 Honda Odyssey faced an accident.
The accident injured the driver as a result of the rupturing of the replacement airbag inflator. An investigation proved later that this happened due to issues in manufacturing at Takata’s Mexico facility. It was believed that extra moisture was being introduced into the airbags The Company reported that the total number of inflators being recalled were roughly 21 million in around 12.9 million Acura and Honda vehicles. More than 290 injuries have been reported all over the world due to ruptures or issues during accidents with Takata airbag inflators.
The Honda models that are being recalled include the Honda Accord from 2001 to 2007 and 2009, the Honda Civic from 2001 to 2005, the Honda CR-V from the years 2002 to 2007 and 2010 to 2011, Honda Element from 2003 to 2011, the 2007 Honda Fit, Honda Odyssey from 2002 to 2004, Honda Pilot from 2003 to 2008, and Honda Ridgeline from 2006 to 2014. The Acura models contain the 2003 Acura 3.2CL, from the year 2013 to 2016 Acura ILX, the Acura MDX from the year 2003 to 2006, the Acura 3.2TL from the year 2002 to 2003, the Acura TL from the years 2004 to 2006 and from 2009 to 2014, the Acura RDX from the year 2007 to 2016, and finally the Acura ZDX from the years 2010 to 2013.
Vehicles that are involved in the recall will be receiving free repairs at the authorized Honda dealers. The Company, therefore, encourages people who own affected vehicles to schedule the repairs as soon as they can.