More Than 1M Honda Vehicles Being Recalled Because Of Dangerous Air Bags

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CBS News says some have reportedly exploded and sent shrapnel into the passenger side of the vehicle.

Automakers in the United States repaired more than 7.2 million defective Takata air bag inflators in 2018, as companies have ramped up efforts to track down parts in need of replacement.

The chemical used in the air bag inflators can burn too fast and blow apart a metal canister, hurling shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

So far, 23 people have been killed because of this malfunction.

Repairs of the recalled Hondas and Acuras will begin immediately in the United States with replacement parts made by alternate suppliers, Honda said.

Honda will recall more than a million vehicles in the U.S.to replace a batch of faulty air bag parts as part of the largest auto safety recall in history. As many as 70 million will be recalled.

The move was prompted by a January crash that injured the driver of a 2004 Honda minivan in Maryland.

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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 driver suffered an arm injury.

At this time, the agency believes the Honda problem has been isolated and is caused by a manufacturing issue.

The recall covers certain Honda and Acura models largely in the United States and Canada. Also covered are Acura luxury models including the MDX from 2003 through 2006, the EL from 2001 through 2005, the TL from 2002 and 2003 and the CL from 2003. Owners will be instructed to take their vehicle to a dealer to have the driver-front airbag inflator replaced.

A NHTSA investigation into Takata air bag inflators remains open.

Honda is recalling around one million vehicles for a second time over fears the air bags, installed by Takata, may be unsafe.

The Honda models being recalled include 2001-2007 and 2009 Honda Accord, 2001-2005 Honda Civic, 2002-2007 and 2010-2011 Honda CR-V, 2003-2011 Honda Element, 2007 Honda Fit, 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey, 2003-2008 Honda Pilot, and 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline.

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