Honda recalls 2.23 million vehicles to replace Takata inflators

The Basics: Honda and Acura will recall 2.23 million vehicles in the US. The affected models are:

The Problem: These vehicles have Takata’s PSDI-5 airbag inflator on the driver’s side, and this part could rupture if the airbag deploys.

Injuries/Deaths: There are no reported ruptures of the PSDI-5 inflator in Honda or Acura vehicles. However, Takata’s exploding components have links to at least 10 deaths worldwide because they can spray shrapnel at occupants.

The Fix: Honda and Acura dealers will replace the inflators with parts from an alternative supplier.

If You Own One: The repairs will begin this summer. Owners will receive a letter notifying them about the recall within 60 days and will get a second message when the parts are available. The company will prioritize older models in high-humidity regions first because these inflators would be most likely to rupture.

More Information: Honda and Acura have now recalled 8.51 million vehicles in the US to replace their driver or passenger side inflators. This latest expansion came in the wake of a driver death from an airbag rupture in a Ford Ranger. Ford and Mazda already enlarged their safety campaigns. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also announced Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Saab, and Volkswagen would have recalls for this issue, too. Statement by American Honda Regarding Nationwide Recall of Certain Takata PSDI-5 Driver Front Airbag Inflators

Feb 3, 2016 – TORRANCE, Calif.

Approximately 2.23 million Takata PSDI-5 driver front airbag inflators will require replacement in Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S.

No PSDI-5 inflator ruptures have been reported in Honda or Acura vehicles

Takata inflators will be replaced with parts from an alternative supplier with repairs beginning in the Summer of 2016

Based on a recent Defect Information Report (16E-005) from the airbag inflator supplier, Takata, Honda will conduct a national recall (16V-061) of approximately 2.23 million Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States to replace, free of charge to vehicle owners, the PSDI-5 Takata driver front airbag inflators installed in those vehicles. Honda has received no reports of Takata PSDI-5 inflator ruptures in Honda or Acura vehicles worldwide.

Honda plans to replace all of these recalled inflators with new parts from an alternative supplier at no cost to owners of Honda and Acura vehicles. Due to the large volume of new inflators needed to repair vehicles, the necessary replacement parts will not become available until Summer 2016. As a result, owners of affected vehicles will be informed of the recall in an initial notification letter within 60 days. Once replacement parts become available, Honda will send a second notification letter to owners with instructions to pursue repair at their local authorized dealer. The second round of notifications will prioritize older model year vehicles located in certain High Absolute Humidity regions1 and will expand to other areas of the country as more replacement parts become available.

The most up-to-date available consumer information about this action can be obtained at www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or by calling (888) 234-2138. The list of specific vehicle identification numbers (VIN) to be included in this recall has not yet been determined. Therefore, a VIN search at our websites or NTHSA’s recall site is not possible yet for this action. We anticipate that concerned owners of the affected models will be able to accurately search their vehicles’ recall status on these sites beginning on February 15, 2016.

With this new action, a total of approximately 8.51 million Honda and Acura vehicles have been or now are subject to replacement of a Takata driver and/or passenger front airbag inflator in the United States.

Models included in the PSDI-5 driver front inflator recall in the United States (certain specific vehicles only):

2005-2012 Acura RL

2007-2011 Honda CR-V

2007-2016 Acura RDX (early production MY 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 MY 2016 vehicles only)

Fourteen U.S. states and territories designated by Honda as High Absolute Humidity regions: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam and American Samoa.

RECALL Subject : Driver’s Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Rupture

Report Receipt Date: FEB 03, 2016

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V061000

Component(s): AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,230,000

All Products Associated with this Recall

Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)

ACURA ILX 2013-2016

ACURA RDX 2007-2016

ACURA RL 2005-2012

ACURA TL 2009-2014

ACURA ZDX 2010-2013

HONDA CR-V 2007-2011

HONDA CR-Z 2011-2015

HONDA FCX CLARITY 2010-2014

HONDA FIT 2009-2013

HONDA FIT EV 2013-2014

HONDA INSIGHT 2010-2014

HONDA RIDGELINE 2007-2014

Details

Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

SUMMARY: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 Honda CR-V, 2011-2015 CR-Z, 2010-2014 FCX Clarity, and Insight, 2009-2013 Fit, 2013-2014 Fit EV, 2007-2014 Ridgeline, 2013-2016 Acura ILX, 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid, 2007-2016 RDX, 2005-2012 Acura RL, 2009-2014 Acura TL, and 2010-2013 Acura ZDX vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.

CONSEQUENCE:In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

REMEDY:Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflator, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda’s numbers for this recall are JX2, JX3 and JX4.

NOTES:Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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