Honda Motor Co. is now painstakingly recalling 772,000 more Honda vehicles in the U.S., including Acuras. The batch of recalls is due to defective front passenger airbag inflators which are manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. The announcement for the recall was made late Tuesday by Honda U.S.
The said recall is now part of the ever expanding 1.29 Honda vehicles being summoned back to their respective dealerships. Meanwhile, Tokyo-based Honda Inc. says that no recalls related to the recent one in the U.S. are being announced in other areas, yet.
Unfortunately, this news now puts Takata, Honda's airbag inflator supplier, as the main source of recalled inflators that could explode in the event of a crash. The said dangerous airbag inflators would injure people via metal shrapnels flying around passenger compartments at high speeds.
Which Honda models are now being recalled?
The models being currently recalled are 2005-2012 Acura RL, 2005-2006 Acura MDX, 2010-2012 Honda Insight, 2008-2012 Honda Accord, 2006-2011 Honda Civic, and 2007-2012 Honda Fit. In addition, the 2011-2012 Acura TSX Wagon, 2009-2012 Acura TSX, 2010-2012 Honda Crosstour, 2010-2012 Acura ZDX, 2005-2011 Honda CR-V, 2012 Honda FCX Clarity, 2005-2011 Honda Element, 2006-2012 Honda Ridgeline and 2005-2012 Honda Pilot are also on the recall list.
Why are Takata inflators dangerous?
Takata utilizes ammonium nitrate in their Honda airbag inflators. This chemical causes a small controlled explosion to inflate the airbags during a crash. However, 16 people, so far reported, have been killed and 180 passengers were injured around the world due to this.
Over 100 million vehicles from 17 automakers have been recalled all over the world; 69 million comes from the U.S. alone, making the country the top consumer of recalled vehicles due to faulty airbags. Due to the high number of cases, it will take years to complete all necessary replacements.