Honda Recalls More Than 2.2 Million Cars Over Faulty Takata Airbags

Thursday, 11 Feb, 2016

This comes while automotive supplier Takata is embroiled in a massive faulty airbag recall which has been linked to at least 10 deaths and many injuries. Among the impacted vehicles are those manufactured by Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Fiat Chrysler, Volvo Trucks and Mazda.

Continental told the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the faulty electronic parts were built between 2006 and 2010.

Of the five million vehicles potentially affected worldwide, less than two million are in the United States, according to a Continental spokeswoman, the Wall Street Journal reported.

On Thursday, Fiat Chrysler said it is recalling 112,000 vehicles for the same issue, including the 2009 Dodge Journey, 2008-2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country and 2009 Volkswagen Routan that it had assembled for the German automaker.

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The Takata recall has typically focused on older vehicles, but today's expansion includes many recent and current models.

He said: "Honda will contact all affected customers in the coming weeks".

The Takata airbags inflator has the tendency to rupture in a crash spray metal shrapnel at the occupants.

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Honda is alerting auto dealers to prepare for more recalls of models newer than 2008.

The parts supplier filed documents with the US government that say certain airbag control computers can be damaged when moisture gets inside. The latest campaign focuses on front driver airbags used in the 2007-2011 Honda CR-V, 2011-2015 CR-Z, 2010-2014 FCX Clarity and Insight, 2009-2013 Fit, 2013-2014 Fit EV, and 2007-2014 Ridgeline.

For the ILX and RDX, not all 2016 model year cars are included in the recalls, just the ones made early in the production cycle.

"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.

Continental estimates that less than two million of the vehicles are in the U.S.

Through December, NHTSA had recalled 23 million potentially defective Takata inflators in about 19 million vehicles.

The defective airbags are blamed for nine deaths in the U.S. Only driver's-side airbags are affected in the recalled Ridgelines.