Honda To Recall 1.6m Vehicles, Finish Takata Airbag Recalls Early

Honda to recall 1.6M vehicles, finish Takata airbag recalls early

DETROIT — Honda is recalling 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace potentially deadly Takata airbag inflators, completing its required recalls six months ahead of schedule, the automaker said Friday. When the latest recall is done, Honda says it will have recalled or accounted for 22.6 million inflators in about 12.9 million vehicles. Takata inflators can explode with too much force and blow apart a metal canister, spewing shrapnel. Twenty-four people have been killed and hundreds injured by the inflators worldwide. Honda was Takata's largest customer. The Japanese company, which was forced into bankruptcy by the troubles, used the volatile chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion and inflate the air bags. But the chemical deteriorates when exposed to high temperatures and humidity and can burn too fast, blowing apart the canister designed to contain the explosion. The recalls include many Honda and Acura models from 2003 through 2015. All received replacement inflators made by Takata before February 2017 and were scheduled to be recalled a second time to replace those with inflators made by another company. Affected Honda models include the 2001-2012 Accord, the 2010-2015 Crosstour, the 2001-2011 Civic, 2002-2011 CR-V, the 2011-2015 CR-Z, the 2003-2011 Element, the 2007-2014 Fit, the 2010-2014 Insight, the 2002-2004 Odyssey, the 2003-2015 Pilot and the 2006-2014 Ridgeline.

Acura models include the 2003 3.2CL, the 2013 ILX, the 2003-2006 MDX, the 2015 RDX, the 2005-2012 RL, the 2002-2003 3.2TL, the 2009-2014 TL, the 2009-2014 TSX, and the 2010-2013 ZDX. Honda said it has completed repairs or accounted for 83 percent of the vehicles, among the highest in the auto industry. Some of the inflators have been found in scrap yards or the vehicles are no longer in use. Owners will be notified by letters starting in mid-August, and Honda is urging people to schedule repairs as soon as possible. Nineteen automakers are recalling about 70 million inflators in what has become the largest string of automotive recalls in U.S. history. The recalls are taking place on a schedule set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recalls do not include inflators that have a moisture-absorbing chemical. The government will decide by the end of this year whether those should be recalled.

2019 Honda Cr-v Recalled For Sudden Airbag Deployments

2019 Honda CR-V recalled for sudden airbag deployments

Honda will recall a total of 137,000 2019 CR-Vs worldwide for airbags that can suddenly and unexpectedly deploy. Out of that total, 118,598 were sold in the United States. The automaker says there have been six instances of the unwarranted airbag inflations leading to three injuries, but so far no reported crashes.

Apparently, metal burrs on the interior surface of the steering wheel are damaging a wiring harness and cable reels that are part of the car's supplemental restraint system. That can lead to an electrical short and overheating of the components, and ultimately the sudden inflation of an airbag.

Infiniti Q30,qx30 Recalled For Airbag Fix

Infiniti Q30,QX30 recalled for airbag fix

Infiniti Australia has recalled 532 examples of its Q30 and QX30 for a fault with the steering column which, if not addressed, could trigger the driver airbag.

According to the company, the steering column has no electrical connection to ground except other than a ‘spiral cable’.

Toyota Uses Side Airbag With 3-bag Structure For New 'camry'

Toyota Uses Side Airbag With 3-bag Structure for New 'Camry'

Toyota Motor Corp employed a side airbag having a three-bag structure for the new "Camry" mid-size sedan.

Toyota developed the side airbag in cooperation with Toyoda Gosei Co Ltd. The new Camry was released July 10, 2017. The previous product has a two-bag structure using bags for protecting the chest and waist of a passenger.

Mazda Introduces Permanent Fix For Takata Airbag Recall

Mazda Introduces Permanent Fix for Takata Airbag Recall

Mazda has rolled out a permanent fix for its vehicles that have been affected by the widespread Takata airbag recall.

Mazda had previously recalled several of its models to replace the Takata airbags, however the cars were repaired with identical parts as the older airbags are more prone to explosion. Now that it has developed a permanent fix in which the passenger side airbag inflators will be replaced with entirely different parts, the cars have been recalled again.

2016 Toyota Prius Recalled For Airbag Issue

2016 Toyota Prius Recalled for Airbag IssueCertain 2016 Toyota Prius vehicles are being recalled to address an issue with their airbags.
Not related to the ongoing massive Takata airbag recall, this issue affects approximately 7,600 units in the U.S. and involves a component in the airbag assembly that may have been improperly welded and/or misassembled.