Dangerous Air Bags Made By Continental Being Recalled

Thursday, 11 Feb, 2016

Honda Canada intends to mail initial recall notices to owners of affected vehicles, according to the most current address information we have available.

Continental is also recalling 5 million vehicles worldwide, covering vehicles from Fiat Chrysler, Honda and others, for an issue with its airbag control units.

"Should an unrepaired vehicle result in any claim because of the required recall fix, the dealership will be exclusively responsible to the claimant, and will be required to defend and indemnify American Honda for any resulting claims", Honda said in the memo.

The larger problem involves a wide range of Honda products equipped with faulty Takata airbags.

The Continental air bag control unit recall is separate from the extensive Takata air bag recall, which includes about 19 million vehicles in the US, according to the NHTSA.

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Honda said, however, that replacement parts are presently scarce and can only be requested for cars with air bag issues and with vehicle damage.

That comes amid Takata's exploding airbag crisis.

Continental said it built 3 million units from 2006 until the design change and 2 million after it that are covered by the recall. This new recall action makes a total of approximately 8.51 million Honda and Acura vehicles subject to replacement of a Takata driver and/or passenger front airbag inflator in the United States. At this time, only a preliminary listing of the potential vehicle identification numbers (VIN) to be included in this recall is available. Honda knows of two injuries linked to the problem.

"If the air bag control unit fails, safety systems such as seat belt pretensioners and air bags may not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of occupant injury". The recall affects model year 2008-2010 Accords. Honda's number for this recall is JW9. If that happens, air bags may not inflate in a crash or they could deploy without a crash.

A new restraint system will be installed for free, Honda said. Despite an aggressive campaign, Honda brand boss Jeff Conrad told TheDetroitBureau.com that only about 50 percent of the vehicles Honda had targeted prior to this week's recall have so far been repaired. Takata agreed to appoint an independent monitor to oversee its recalls and operate under the terms of a five-year consent decree.