Honda Recall | Faulty Replacement Airbags

Honda to recall around 1million vehicles with dangerous air bags

Owners will be instructed to take their vehicle to a dealer to have the driver-front airbag inflator replaced.

Honda is recalling around 1.2 million older vehicles in the U.S., Canada and Central America because the Takata driver's air bag inflators that were installed during previous recalls could still be risky - exploding and sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment.

The device relied on ammonium nitrate to trigger a small explosion to inflate them during a crash.

The chemical used in the air bag inflators can burn too fast and blow apart a metal canister, hurling shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

At least 15 drivers and passengers in the US have died and more than 250 people have been injured because of the airbag inflators, NHTSA says.

Free repairs of the recalled cars would begin immediately in the United States with replacement parts made by alternate suppliers, Honda said.

The probe determined that inflators made at Takata's Monclova, Mexico, factory were faulty due to a manufacturing defect, Honda said.

A NHTSA investigation into Takata air bag inflators remains open.

Affected vehicles include model year 2001 to 2005 Honda Civics; 2002 to 2004 Odyssey minivans; 2002 to 2006 CR-Vs; 2003 to 2008 Honda Pilot SUVs; 2003 to 2010 Honda Element SUVs; 2006 Honda Ridgelines; and 2007 to 2011 Accords.

The type of inflator covered by the recall announced Tuesday "contains substantially more desiccant than other desiccated inflator types, and it appears that the excessive moisture contained in the desiccant introduced humidity into the sealed inflator during assembly, accelerating propellant degradation over time", Honda spokesman Chris Martin said in an email.

The owners of 1.1 million, mostly older Hondas and Acuras are being encouraged to check whether their vehicles are covered by the latest air bag recall. About 100 million inflators are to be recalled worldwide.

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