Honda Recall | Faulty Replacement Airbags

Lloyd Doyle
March 12, 2019

The metal canister that holds this chemical explodes, sending shrapnel flying at high speeds.

A type of Takata air bag inflator once thought to be safe has now come under scrutiny after a crash and explosion in Maryland injured the driver of a Honda minivan.

The inflators in the Tuesday recall contain a moisture-absorbing chemical called a dessicant that was added to keep the ammonium nitrate stable.

The inflator that failed was a replacement installed in 2015 under the terms of a prior recall.

According to a chronology of events provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these inflators were used as replacements for the original Takata driver's-side airbag inflators.

An investigation later showed that manufacturing issues at Takata's Mexico facility introduced excessive moisture into the inflator during assembly, leading to the problem. In total, 19 automakers are recalling more than 100 million potentially faulty inflators worldwide.

The driver suffered an arm injury.

Most models of Acura and Honda from 2001-2006 are on the recall list, released by Transport Canada.

Affected models include the Honda Accord from 2001 through 2007, the CR-V from 2002 through 2006, the Civic from 2001 through 2005, the Element from 2003 through 2010, the Odyssey from 2002 through 2004, the Pilot from 2003 through 2008 and the Ridgeline from 2006.

Some Acura vehicles made between 2002 and 2006 are also covered under the recall, including MDX, EL, TL and CL. In a statement, the automaker noted that a definitive root-cause had not yet been identified.

Honda said in a statement that owners will be notified by mail in early April, but replacement parts from manufacturers other than Takata are available to begin the recall immediately.

People all over Canada rely on their Hondas to get them from point A to point B. In fact, Honda is one of the largest Canadian vehicle manufacturers, after General Motors.

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