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Honda Expanding Takata Recall, Reveals Separate Airbag Problem

Nearly 2.6 mil Honda, Acura models now facing recall.

by on Feb.04, 2016

The Honda CR-V from model years 2007 to 2011 is now part of the Takata airbag recall.

Honda now says it will recall more than 2.2 million vehicles due to faulty Takata airbags, about 500,000 more than was originally reported on Wednesday. And the maker says a separate airbag defect will force it to recall 341,000 more vehicles.

All told, the problem with Takata airbag inflators forced Honda and its Acura luxury brand to recall 8.51 million vehicles, more than any other manufacturer. But the defect – which can cause airbags to overinflate and spew shrapnel into the passenger compartment – has now forced the recall of more than 20 million vehicles by at least 10 manufacturers in the U.S. alone.

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The second recall involves the popular Honda Accord sedan. Older models can experience a failure of their airbag control units, which means the supplemental restraint system, or SRS, may not deploy in a crash. A number of other manufacturers are affected by this problem, as well. (more…)

Feds Mull Expansion of Takata Airbag Recall

Decision expected by Thanksgiving to include side-impact airbags, Rosekind said.

by on Oct.23, 2015

Until now, the focus has been on frontal airbags in older vehicles using Takata inflators. The new investigation could broaden the issue substantially.

Federal regulators are considering expanding the recall of Takata airbags, already the largest in U.S. history, as the ongoing probe into the problem revealed that more of the supplier’s airbags may have similar problems.

Takata’s recalled millions of driver and passenger airbags – 19 million vehicles in all – because under certain conditions, they may explode when inflated sending pieces of shrapnel into the cabin of the vehicle. The defect has caused eight deaths and 98 injuries.

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Now, some tests are showing that side-impact airbags in General Motors and Volkswagen vehicles produced by Takata may also behave in a similar fashion. Mark Rosekind, who heads up the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said he will make a decision about expanding the recall by Thanksgiving. (more…)

Honda Confirms New Takata Fatality

NHTSA orders recall of 2.1 million vehicles for airbag problems.

by on Feb.02, 2015

Honda is investigating a fatality that occurred last month related to a Takata airbag.

Honda is investigating a fatality in Houston that it believes is attributable to Takata’s faulty airbags. It would be the fifth death in the U.S. due to the airbags.

The driver of a 2002 Honda Accord died last month in Houston when the airbag ruptured in a crash, killing the driver.

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The airbags, which are currently subject to a recall, can explode when inflating sending shrapnel into the vehicle’s cabin. In addition to the driver-side airbag in this case, passenger-side airbags manufactured by Takata have been recalled as well. In all, 10 automakers have recalled several million airbags. (more…)