Honda Recalls 2.2 Million Vehicles In U.S. Over Defective Takata Airbags

Feb 04, 2016 11:55 AM EST | John Nassivera

Takata continues to face problems with its airbags, as Honda has recalled another 2.2 million vehicles in the U.S. over the company's faulty inflators.

The Japanese automaker said Wednesday that the latest round of recalls involves over 50 million vehicles worldwide due to inflators that explode with too much force and send shrapnel flying at the people in the car, USA Today reported. They are also recalling certain vehicles made by both Honda and Acura between 2005 and 2016 to replace Takata's PSDI-5 driver-side front airbags.

The move brings the number of Honda and Acura vehicles recalled over Takata's faulty airbags to 8.51 million.

Here's the list of vehicles covered under the new recall, according to Autoblog:

  • 2005-2012 Acura RL
  • 2007-2011 Honda CR-V
  • 2007-2016 Acura RDX (early production model year 2016 vehicles only)
  • 2007-2014 Honda Ridgeline
  • 2009-2014 Honda Fit
  • 2009-2014 Acura TL
  • 2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
  • 2010-2014 Honda Insight
  • 2010-2013 Acura ZDX
  • 2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
  • 2013-2016 Acura ILX (early production model year 2016 vehicles only)

While Honda said that it has not received any reports of ruptures from the Takata airbags in any of the recently recalled vehicles, the issue has been linked to at least 10 deaths worldwide, the latest of which took place in December in South Carolina and involved a 2006 Ford Ranger.

The latest recall is also part of the 5 million vehicles worldwide that Honda said last month it would recall because of the defective inflators, The Wall Street Journal noted.

Honda said that it won't be able to start replacing the recalled airbags with new parts until the summer of 2016 because of the large number of repairs that need to be made, and owners of affected vehicles will receive letter notifying them about the recall with 60 days and a second message when the parts are available.

Older models in high-humidity regions will be fixed first since their inflators would be more likely to rupture than those in newer models, Autoblog reported. The repairs will be made free of charge.

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