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Honda has issued two recalls affecting airbags on more than 2.5 million vehicles in the U.S. Pay attention, because this may be a little confusing.
RECALL #1: Honda CR-V, Honda CR-Z, Honda FCX Clarity, Honda Fit, Honda Fit EV, Honda Insight, Honda Ridgeline, Acura ILX, Acura ILX Hybrid, Acura RDX, Acura RL, Acura TL, Acura ZDX
UNITS AFFECTED: 2,230,000
Until recently, Honda was Takata's biggest client, and as a result, the automaker has been hit especially hard by the long, drawn-out Takata airbag recall. Of the ten deaths conclusively linked to Takata's fatally flawed inflators, nine took place in Honda vehicles.
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Today's recall follows the first death that occurred in a non-Honda vehicle, which has sparked five million additional recalls across the U.S. Honda says that the new recall will replace Takata's model PSDI-5 driver-side inflator. Although the company hasn't received any reports of airbag ruptures associated with that particular inflator, clearly, Honda isn't taking chances.
The Takata recall has typically focused on older vehicles, but today's expansion includes many recent and current models. Stop-sales have been issued on those models, too:
Honda says that it will replace airbag inflators on those vehicles with devices from another supplier (i.e. not Takata). Unfortunately, the automaker won't have enough parts in stock to begin repairing vehicles until this summer.
In the meantime, Honda plans to mail owners an interim recall notice within the next two months. That will be followed by a second recall notice when replacement parts become available.
Due to the linkage that's been shown between Takata's inflator problems and moisture intrusion, vehicles that have been sold or registered in areas with high humidity will be prioritized. Those areas include Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam and American Samoa. Repairs in other parts of the U.S. will follow.
If you own one of these vehicles and have questions, you're encouraged to call 888-234-2138. Updates will also be posted at Recalls.Honda.com and Recalls.Acura.com. However, Honda notes that vehicle identification numbers associated with the expanded recall haven't been confirmed, so you won't be able to carry out VIN searches on those sites just yet.
RECALL #2: 2008-2010 Honda Accord Sedan
UNITS AFFECTED: 341,000
This is yet another airbag recall, but surprisingly, Takata isn't involved. Instead, this is an extension of the Continental recall affecting 112,001 Chrysler, Dodge, and Volkswagen vehicles we wrote about earlier today.
As we explained, Continental Automotive has identified some five million airbag systems that may be at risk of corrosion due to moisture intrusion. (It's a theme.) That can cause serious electrical problems, forcing airbags to deploy without warning or cause, or preventing them from deploying during collisions. Honda knows of two injuries linked to the problem.
Unfortunately, as with the Takata recall, Honda doesn't have enough replacement parts to begin fixing Accords yet. The company will mail interim recall notices to owners by mid-March, with a second notice to follow when parts become available -- likely this fall.
In the meanwhile, Honda asks owners to pay attention to their instrument panels. If they notice that the "Supplemental Restraint System" indicator light is on (not the “Passenger Airbag Off” light), motorists should take their vehicles to dealers for full diagnostic scans. If a scan identifies a problem with the airbag system, it will be replaced "using a limited supply of updated replacement parts".
If you have questions, you're encouraged to visit Recalls.Honda.com or call 888-234-2138.