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1.6M Hondas Recalled To Replace Deadly Takata Airbag Inflators

Honda says it is recalling 1.6 million vehicles to replace the potentially deadly Takata airbag inflators. The company is completing its required recalls of 22.6 million inflators in about 12.9 million vehicles six months ahead of schedule.

The Problem

According to a report by an NBC affiliate, WFLA, “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 Vehicles Affected

The recalls affect a number of 2003-2015 Honda and Acura models. Those models include the following:

  • 2001-2012 Accord
  • 2010-2015 Crosstour
  • 2001-2011 Civic
  • 2002-2011 CR-V
  • 2011-2015 CR-Z
  • 2003-2011 Element
  • 2007-2014 Fit
  • 2010-2014 Insight
  • 2002-2004 Odyssey
  • 2003-2015 Pilot
  • 2006-2014 Ridgeline
  • 2003 3.2CL
  • 2013 ILX
  • 2003-2006 MDX
  • 2015 RDX
  • 2005-2012 RL
  • 2002-2003 3.2TL
  • 2009-2014 TL
  • 2009-2014 TSX
  • 2010-2013 ZDX

The Fix

Honda says it has either repaired or accounted for 83 percent of the affected vehicles. The remaining 17 percent either had the inflators found in junkyards or are no longer in use.

Although owners are to be will be notified starting in mid-August, Honda urges customers to schedule repairs ASAP.

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