An updated list of Honda Accord models which came from the 2004-2007 line will be recalled in the U.S. because of a fault in the Japanese Takata airbag module. Almost 12,000 units were found out to have the defective airbags together with other units sold in Canada, pending further investigation.
"Honda will voluntarily recall 11,602 model-year 2004-2007 Accord vehicles in the United States to inspect and, if needed, replace the passenger front airbag module, free of charge," according to a Honda News statement. "Original airbag modules designed for installation into vehicles for sale in South America were mistakenly supplied during production of affected U.S. specification Accord vehicles." However, the company also noted on excluding those vehicles that have already been fixed as part of a previous Takata airbag inflator recall.
Honda dealers nationwide required to have the defective safety device replaced as part of a Takata safety improvement campaign, Auto123 reported. A previous recall on Takata airbag inflators was used as a reference on the current issue involving these airbags found on the affected Hondas.
The defective Takata airbag issue, as it involved propellant and inflator mechanisms that could get released inappropriately during an accident or potential crash has been previously posted on CarandDriver. As a result, metal fragments which could shoot out of the airbag are likely to harm the car's occupants unexpectedly.
An estimated 34 million vehicles are considerably affected in the U.S. alone while up to 7 million have also been additionally recalled worldwide. The NHTSA, or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, forcibly issued added regional recalls last July in specific U.S. states to collect parts that were removed from the defective airbags. These were then sent to Takata for product review and management.