Honda to recall 84,000 older vehicles in Canada over air bag hazard

Mae Love
March 12, 2019

The incident forced Honda on Tuesday to recall about 1.2 million vehicles in North and Central America from the 2001 to 2016 model years that were not included in the massive string of Takata recalls for air bags that can hurl shrapnel into the passenger compartment.

The recall covers many Honda and Acura models from 2001 through 2016. That number is usually over 10 times higher in the United States.

Takata used ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion and inflate air bags in a collision. This is a unsafe chemical that could potentially explode due to high temperatures or humidity.

The addition of the additive and was thought to be a solution to the problem with the original air bags that were been found to activate with too much force in a crash, spraying the interior of vehicles with metal parts and leading to the recall of some 37 million vehicles in the U.S.

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.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the recall covers 1.1 million USA vehicles and is to replace inflators received "either as a permanent Takata airbag inflator recall replacement or as a service part installed following a crash or problem with the airbag itself". At least 23 people have been killed worldwide because of the defect.

The recalls are part of the largest series of automotive recalls in USA history. In total, 19 automakers are recalling more than 100 million potentially faulty inflators worldwide.

Honda spokesman Chris Martin wouldn't give details Monday evening, but said the company is communicating with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration "and plans to issue a public statement tomorrow".

Owners will be instructed to take their vehicle to a dealer to have the driver-front airbag inflator replaced.

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