The long list of Honda vehicles being recalled to fix explosive Takata airbags just got a lot longer. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the automaker has added 104,871 Accord, Civic, and Pilot models to the repair roster.
The good news is, this recall affects vehicles nationwide. As you might remember, the long, complex system of recalls related to Takata-brand airbags has been marred by regional actions focused primarily on Gulf Coast states.
The bad news is, the recall only affects driver-side airbags. (Takata has so far resisted demands for widespread recalls of passenger-side devices, which has only complicated matters.)
The vehicles added to the recall list are the 2001 Honda Accord, 2004 Honda Civic, and 2008 Honda Pilot. As with other recalled models, the airbag systems in those vehicles were designed using ammonium nitrate as a propellant, and that compound can become extremely volatile under certain conditions. That has caused airbags to explode upon deployment, sending shrapnel through the vehicles. Takata's airbags have been linked to at least six deaths, primarily in the U.S.
Honda says that it will notify Accord, Civic, and Pilot owners about the recall, though it hasn't indicated when it will mail those notices. When owners receive them, they'll be able to take their vehicles to a Honda dealer, who will replace the driver-side airbag inflator.
If you own one of the vehicles listed above and have further questions, you're encouraged to contact Honda customer service at 800-999-1009 and ask about recall #14V-351. Alternately you can ring NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign 15V153000.