Honda to recall about 1M vehicles in the United States with Takata airbags

Honda to recall around 1million vehicles with dangerous air bags

Honda to recall about 1M vehicles in the US with Takata airbags

The air bag inflators were installed during previous recalls and could still be risky. The chemical can reportedly deteriorate when exposed to humidity and high temperatures, blowing apart a metal canister and hurling shrapnel.

The Takata recalls together are the largest series of automotive recalls in USA history, with as many as 70 million inflators to be recalled by the end of next year.

Transport Canada, the country's transportation safety agency, said vehicles covered include those that were under previous recalls and others that had air bags replaced after collisions.

Honda said on Tuesday it would recall about 1.1 million Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States to re-replace defective Takata airbags on the driver's side. Documents posted by Canadian safety regulators show that Honda is recalling many of its most popular models for a second time.

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Honda said it suspects the desiccant was improperly handled at a Takata plant in Mexico, allowing the additive to become saturated with moisture when it was used to make the inflators.

The Acura models include 2003 Acura 3.2CL, 2013-2016 Acura ILX, 2003-2006 Acura MDX, 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL, 2004-2006 and 2009-2014 Acura TL, 2007-2016 Acura RDX, and 2010-2013 Acura ZDX. The recall covers a lot of Honda and Acura models from 2001-2006. In early February 2019, Honda Ridgeline vehicles were recalled for catching fire when going through a auto wash. In addition, owners can get a free rental vehicle for the day of the recall fix, or longer if a replacement part is temporarily unavailable, Honda says.

The affected Acura and Honda vehicles are equipped with "Takata desiccated replacement driver front airbag inflators" that may rupture if the airbag deploys during a crash, a statement from Honda said. They contained a moisture-absorbing chemical and previously were believed to be safe.

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