Honda to recall 1.1 million vehicles to replace airbag inflators for a second time
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Honda announced it will voluntarily recall approximately 1.1 million Acura and Honda vehicles in the United States to replace, for free, Takata desiccated replacement driver front airbag inflators that may rupture if an airbag deploys in a crash.
The vehicles involved in this recall were previously repaired using specific Takata desiccated replacement inflators (PSDI-5D) or entire replacement airbag modules containing these inflators, neither subject to recall at that time. However, those replacement inflators are now deemed defective.
Honda initially became aware of a potential issue after a single-vehicle crash involving a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The vehicle’s driver front airbag deployed and the Takata PSDI-5D replacement inflator ruptured, causing an injury to the driver’s arm.
A subsequent investigation revealed that PSDI-5D inflators manufactured at Takata’s Monclova facility experienced manufacturing process errors that introduced excessive moisture into the inflator during assembly.
Moisture within the sealed inflator may lead to accelerated propellant degradation over time, leading to higher than normal inflator pressure upon airbag deployment.
If a recalled driver front airbag deploys in a crash, its inflator may rupture, potentially shooting sharp metal fragments at the driver and passengers.
Acura and Honda models included in the recall are (certain specific vehicles only):
2003 Acura 3.2CL
2013-2016 Acura ILX
2003-2006 Acura MDX
2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
2004-2006 and 2009-2014 Acura TL
2007-2016 Acura RDX
2010-2013 Acura ZDX
2001-2007 and 2009 Honda Accord
2001-2005 Honda Civic
2002-2007 and 2010-2011 Honda CR-V
2003-2011 Honda Element
2007 Honda Fit
2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
2003-2008 Honda Pilot
2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline
Honda is announcing this recall to encourage each owner of an affected vehicle to schedule repair at an authorized dealer as soon as possible.