Honda Expands Recall Of 2001-2003 Honda And Acura Vehicles

December 2, 2011

Honda is widening its already-announced recall of certain 2001-2003 model year Honda and Acura vehicles over airbag fixes.

The automaker says, in a statement, that the issue is that the affected driver’s airbag inflators “may deploy with too much pressure, which can cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury or fatality.”

Approximately 273,000 additional vehicles are affected in this expansion of the earlier recall.

In addition, Honda has separately determined that approximately 640 affected driver’s airbag service parts were sold for installation in vehicles in for collision repair or other services.

Since Honda is unable to determine the specific vehicles that may have received the affected service parts, it will inspect an approximate 603,000 additional vehicles and replace the parts as necessary.

Vehicles involved in the expanded Honda recall include:


  • 2001-2002 Accord
  • 2001-2003 Civic
  • 2001-2003 Odyssey minivan
  • 2002-2003 CR-V compact crossover
  • 2003 Pilot SUV

2003 Acura TL

2003 Acura TL

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  • 2002-2003 3.2 TL
  • 2003 3.2 CL

What Honda will do

Honda will notify affected owners by mail when the recall begins in late December. Honda and Acura dealers will inspect the driver’s airbag system and will replace components as necessary.

Also in late December, owners of these vehicles will be able to go online to or call Honda at 1-800-999-1009 and select option 4. Acura owners may go to or call 1-800-382-2238 and select option 4.

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