Honda Will Recall Improperly Installed Replacement Airbag Inflators, Again

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Honda Motor Co. is planning to install another round of replacement airbag inflators that have been improperly installed under an earlier recall. Unsurprisingly, these are Takata units and represent an expansion of an earlier recall from September that had also been incorrectly fixed. In both cases, the issue only affects passenger-side airbags.

The previous recall dealt with the 2008-2012 Accord, 2010-2012 Crosstour, 2006-2011 Civic, 2007-2011 CR-V, 2009-2012 Fit, 2010-2012 Insight, and 2009-2012 Pilot. The new fix will add another model to that list. 

According to Automotive News, Honda has yet to specify the name of that model or how many units will need to be replaced. Although, Honda has stated it should be “a very small number.”

The manufacturer has already notified dealers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the expanded recall and is currently awaiting a formal response from NHTSA before issuing its own statement. No injuries, deaths, accidents or failed deployments have been reported.

However, the Takata inflators themselves have resulted in at least 18 deaths and over 180 injuries worldwide. The problem has forced 19 automakers to replace the units as part of the largest automotive recall in history. While the NHTSA hasn’t specified if other automakers have reported similar issues, Honda’s newest recall raises concerns that other replacement units may have been installed incorrectly.

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