Airbag Recall Expanded To More 2001-2003 Honda, Acura Vehicles

May 2, 2011
2002 Acura TL Type S

2002 Acura TL Type S

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Own a Honda from the 2001 through 2003 model years? At this point, chances are your dealership will want to at least inspect it—and potentially replace some critical airbag components.

In vehicles affected by the issue—part of an already expanded recall affecting various 2001 through 2003 Honda and Acura models—airbag inflators can deploy the airbag with too much pressure, potentially shattering the inflator casing and sending metal fragments through the airbag itself.

While Honda thought that this latest group of vehicles wasn't affected by the recall, vehicles that at any point had their driver's airbag module replaced—for an accident, or a malfunction, likely had the defective parts installed, too. In all, about 833,000 additional vehicles might need to be inspected to get to the 2,430 vehicles that have the defective airbag inflators.

That's on top of the already approximately 826,000 U.S. vehicles that are already under recall for the issue.

In all, the recall now includes 2001-2002 Honda Civic, 2001-2002 Honda Accord, 2002 Honda Odyssey, 2002-2003 Honda CR-V, 2002-2003 Acura 3.2 TL, and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL models.

At the time Honda called the recall last year, there had been at least 12 incidents related to the issue, as well as one death.

The recall had a quiet start, with about 4,000 2001 Honda Accord and Civic models recalled in July 2009, then Honda greatly expanded the effort a couple of times, most recently in February of 2010.

Honda says that it will be notifying owners potentially affected by this latest recall, but to see if your vehicle might be affected you can go to www.recalls.honda.com or call 800-999-1009 (Honda) or 800-382-2238 (Acura).

[Honda]

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