Honda recalls older Accords with incorrect airbag modules

DETROIT (Reuters) — Honda Motor Co. said it is recalling more than 11,000 decade-old Accord sedans, some of them for the fifth time since 2014, after dealers found the Japanese automaker originally had installed the wrong Takata airbag inflators in some cars.

Since 2008, Honda has recalled more than 8 million vehicles in the United States with defective Takata inflators that can rupture and spray occupants with hot metal shards. Many of those vehicles have been recalled multiple times for related problems.

Takata declined to comment today on the recall issued late Friday.

This is at least the second time Honda dealers have discovered that the wrong part was installed at the factory. In this case, airbag modules originally designed for South American vehicles were installed on a number of 2004-2007 Accords, Honda said in a statement. Those parts do not comply with U.S. vehicle safety regulations, it said.

Accords from model years 2004 and 2005 have been recalled four other times by Honda, beginning in June 2014, to replace defective Takata inflators. Honda has recalled the 2006-2007 Accords twice in 2015.

In Honda’s latest recall notice to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, posted on the agency’s website, the automaker noted that a number of dealers said recall repairs could not be completed because the wrong inflators had originally been installed.

Honda has reported nine U.S. fatalities connected to the defective inflators, including the death of a Texas teenager in March in a 2002 Honda Civic. Overall, 10 fatalities linked to Takata airbags have been reported in the U.S.

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