Honda recalls 1 million US cars to replace Takata airbags (again!). Honda said they will re-replace defective driver-side airbags. The automaker said it was informed on one injury linked to the defect that may have caused the airbag to rupture when it was deployed in a crash. The issue involved a Honda Odyssey crash, where the front airbag deployed injuring the driver’s right arm. Honda stated, the safety defect can kill or seriously injure you or your passengers.
The recall involves cars that previously repaired their Takata desiccated replacement inflators (PSDI-5D) or entire replacement airbag modules containing those inflators. Honda made the statement, “Those replacement inflators are now deemed defective.” Like all safety recalls, it will be repaired for free, and set to begin immediately in the United States. Free rental car will be available to the vehicle owner for the day of the recall repair or longer if a replacement part is not available. Honda did confirm the replacement parts will be made by an alternate supplier. The original part was manufactured in Takata’s Mexico facility, where extensive moisture was introduced into the inflator during assembly, leading to the malfunction.
The automaker said, the total number of recalled inflators is now about 21 million in about 12.9 million Honda and Acura vehicles that have been subject to recall for replacing Takata front airbag inflators in the United States. In 2018, more than 7.2 million defective Takata air bag inflators were repaired.
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