Honda Motor Co. is expanding its lastest safety recall over (potentially) explosive airbags to vehicles sold and registered in California after a driver of a 2005 Accord was severely injured by hot metal and plastic shrapnel shot out from the vehicle’s airbag following a low-speed collision, which caused "severe burns, bruises and abrasions on her arms and legs,” as per a complaint filed with the National Highway Traffic Administration.
Last month, Honda initiated a recall of several models including model years 2001-2007 Accord, 2001-2005 Civic and 2002-2006 CR-V in “hot and humid areas of the US including Alabama. Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands after determining that these kind of weather conditions might contribute to the explosive nature of airbags manufactured by Takata Corp. of Japan, as per NHTSA investigators.
Similar problems in which the Takata air bag inflators pose the risk of rupturing as a result of “excessive internal pressure endangering occupants have resulted in the recall of nearly 11 million vehicles (6 million by Honda alone) sold worldwide by other major automakers, including Mazda, Chrysler, Toyota, BMW, Ford and Nissan during the past 5 years as well. It was not immediately known how many vehicles would be involved in Honda’s California recall expansion, but the NHTSA expects that the other manufacturers will soon follow suit with models of their own. In the meantime, representatives of Takata have declined to comment on the issue.
Cars already recalled are: Honda’s 2003-2005 model-year Accord, Civic, CR-V, Element, Pilot, and Acura MDX vehicles, as well as 2003-2004 MY Odyssey minivans, 2005 MY Acura RL sedans, 2001-2007 MY Accord (4-cylinder), 2001-2002 MY Accord (V6), 2001-2005 MY Civic, 2002-2006 MY CR-V, 2003-2011 MY Element, 2002-2004 MY Odyssey, 2003-2007 MY Pilot, 2006 MY Ridgeline, 2003-2006 Acura MDX and 2002-2003 MY TL/CL vehicles, 2003-2005 MY Toyotas, 2003-2005 MY Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra, and Lexus SC430 vehicles.
A June 11th recall also included Pontiac Vibe cars manufactured by a Toyota-General Motors joint venture. Replacement parts for these will be provided at GM dealerships.
Additional recalls involving passenger- and driver-side frontal air bag inflators expected to take place in August will include 2001-2005 MY BMW 325i, 325xi, 330i and 330xi vehicles and 2001-2006 MY 325Ci, 330Ci vehicles currently registered in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, while 34,600 Mazda 2003-2007 MY Mazda6 cars, 2006-2007 MY Mazdaspeed6 cars, 2004 MY MPV minivans and 2004-2008 MY RX-8 sports cars listed with the DMVs in, Florida, Puerto Rico and Hawaii are also in jeopardy.
Still another recall involving Takata frontal air bag inflators covers 58,669 2005-2007 MY Ford Mustang, 2005-2006 MY GT and 2004 MY Rangers.
It was not immediately known how many vehicles would be involved in Honda’s California recall expansion, but the NHTSA expects that the other manufacturers will soon follow suit with models of their own. In the meantime, representatives of Takata have declined to comment on the issue.