Honda Recalls 2.7 Million Vehicles After Defect Found in Airbag Inflator in North America

Honda Motor stated Tuesday it’s going to recall 2.7 million older U.S. automobiles in North America for potentially defective airbag inflators.

The defect includes a different type of Takata inflator than those that have urged the largest-ever auto safety recalls worldwide, covering over 42 million U.S. automobiles by 19 auto manufacturers with Takata airbag inflators.

The new recall covers Honda and Acura vehicles from the 1996 through 2003 model years.

Honda stated it’s aware of one field breach of an inflator in the new recall campaign – a 2012 accident in Texas that resulted in damage – and two in junkyards in Japan.

The campaign covers 2.4 million U.S. automobiles and 300,000 in Canada, Honda stated, including that it has not decided on recall numbers for other nations.

Takata issued a new defect in November for inflators from four auto manufacturers, including Honda.

Honda stated all three automobiles “doubtlessly had been exposed to unusually high amounts of moisture before the crack events.”

Honda stated the recalls cover driver front airbag inflators made with non-azide propellant and said: “all inspections and repairs will start in roughly one year, as replacement components from various suppliers are still not available.”

Honda stated it “regrets any inconvenience or misery that this situation could trigger to our customers as we search to resolve this situation. Honda believes that the risk of irregular airbag deployment in its autos remains very low presently; however, we can not completely assure the efficiency of any recalled part.”