Honda recalls 1.2 mn vehicles for a second time; air bags at fault

Japanese auto maker Honda has recalled 1.2 million vehicles in North and Central America from the model years 2001 to 2016.

The recalled vehicles are ones that were already included in the previous long list of Takata recalls for faulty air bags, but were found to have replacement air bag inflators that could still be dangerous.

The second recall is unusual since it points to many of the initial fixes still containing dangerous parts that could result in explosions.

Models affected include Honda Accord 2001-2007, the CR-V from 2002-2006, the Civic 2001-2005, the Element 2003-2010, the Odyssey from 2002-2004, the Pilot from 2003-2008 and the Ridgeline from 2006. Also covered are Acura luxury models including the MDX from 2003-2006, the EL from 2001-2005, the TL from 2002-2003 and the CL from 2003.

The Takata air bag recall is one of the largest in US history and is being carried out in phases by automakers. Honda first recalled some 1.4 million vehicles last September and in December, Toyota and Lexus recalled 65,000 vehicles. Ford has previously agreed to pay US$300 million to settle consumers’ economic loss claims connected to the Takata recall.

According to the National Highway Transport Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are 50 million defective Takata airbags in 37 million US vehicles. It says, “Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these air bags to explode when deployed. Such explosions have caused injuries and deaths. NHTSA urges vehicle owners to take a few simple steps to protect themselves and others from this very serious threat to safety.”

The Takata air bag issue has resulted in at least 23 deaths and hundreds of injuries. Honda says it is aware of one injury that is linked to the issue.