According to reports, Honda plans to inspect and replace replacement airbag inflators. Those inflators were improperly installed under an earlier recall. The latest recall will expand on one issued in September. In that recall, replacement parts for Takata airbag inflators may have been improperly installed. Both recalls affect only the passenger-side airbags.
Honda says that only a very small number of vehicles were affected by the new recall. The previous recall affected certain Accords, Crosstours, Civics, CR-Vs, Fits, Insights, and Pilots. Honda has not yet issued a statement about the recall. So far, no injuries, deaths, accidents, or failed deployments have been reported.
Thus far, about 11.4 million Honda and Acura vehicles have been recalled because of defective Takata airbag inflators. Federal regulators say that over five million additional vehicles could be recalled later. The defective inflators have resulted in at least 18 deaths and 180 injuries worldwide. The defectors have been found to deploy improperly, which can send shrapnel flying throughout the vehicle’s cabin during a crash.
This new recall raises questions about whether the issue with the inflators could affect other automakers, which are scrambling to replace millions of inflators. There are several companies that are manufacturing replacement airbag inflators, but they still have a backlog because of the sheer size of the recall.
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