Honda to recall 1.2 million vehicles over air bag danger

Thursday, 11 Feb, 2016

Honda also issued a recall for an additional 2.2 million Honda and Acura cars that were outfitted with Takata airbags, as in the ones that have a proclivity for exploding and hurling potentially lethal batches of shrapnel at drivers.

The recall announced Friday is part of 5.7 million Honda vehicles that will be recalled worldwide over the latest Takata air bag problem.

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. The company will mail interim recall notices to owners by mid-March, with a second notice to follow when parts become available - likely this fall. But the chemical can degrade over time when exposed to heat and humidity and explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister created to contain the explosion. Honda told dealers to provide loaner cars for free to any customer who asks for one while waiting for a fix.

In October, Daimler's Mercedes-Benz USA unit recalled 126,000 C-Class 2008-2009 models and certain 2010 GLK-Class vehicles to address the issue.

A United Kingdom spokesman said the models affected in Europe include; CR-V (2007-2011 MY), CR-Z (2011-2015 MY), Jazz (2009-2014 MY) and Insight (2010-2014 MY) and some could be in Britain.

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Regulators have increased their attention after General Motors Co delayed the recall of 2.6 million older Cobalt and other cars in 2014 linked to at least 124 deaths and 275 injuries for faulty ignition switches that prevented air bags from deploying in some serious crashes. Due to the large volume of required repairs, Honda said the necessary replacement parts won't be available until the summer of 2016. Continental says it is notifying the manufacturers, which each will issue individual recalls.

The fact that the Takata recall is still growing suggests that there won't be a solution to the problem for years to come, said Karl Brauer senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

Some 50 million vehicles worldwide were recalled past year over the problem, and major auto manufacturers like Honda and Nissan have dumped the Japanese parts supplier.

The fatal air bag deployment occurred in a 2006 Ford Ranger pickup, making it the first such death in a vehicle other than a Honda.

NHTSA opened an investigation in August after receiving 19 reports of failed airbag control modules in the 2008 Accord.