Honda To Recall Almost 84,000 Vehicles In Canada With Dangerous Airbags

Andrew Cummings
March 12, 2019

The air bag inflators were installed during previous recalls and could still be unsafe. It can burn too fast and blow apart a metal canister, hurling shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

This set of recalls is part of the largest series of automotive recalls in US history, which includes as many as 70 million vehicles recalled.

Repairs of the recalled Hondas and Acuras will begin immediately in the United States with replacement parts made by alternate suppliers, Honda said.

Honda is recalling more than 1 million vehicles, replacing defective air bag inflaters it installed in connection with the biggest safety recall in USA history, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday.

At least 23 people have died from the problem worldwide and hundreds more were injured.

ReutersA recalled Takata airbag inflator is shown after it was removed at the AutoNation Honda dealership service department in Miami, Florida June 25, 2015.

The total number of recalled inflators is now about 21 million in about 12.9 million Honda and Acura vehicles that have been subject to recall for replacing Takata front airbag inflators in the United States, the company said. As many as 70 million will be recalled.

But Honda and the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that a crash on January 19, 2018 involving a 2004 Honda Odyssey initiated an investigation and Tuesday's recall when investigators discovered that the driver's air bag inflator ruptured.

The Japanese auto company is recalling models in the US and Canada from as far back as 2001, and as recent as 2010, Canadian safety regulator documents show. The recall covers a lot of Honda and Acura models from 2001-2006. Honda Canada wouldn't comment on this development but recommends that owners take their vehicles to the nearest Honda dealer as soon as possible to replace the component free of charge. They contained a moisture-absorbing chemical and previously were believed to be safe.

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