Honda to recall about 1M vehicles in the U.S. with Takata airbags

Honda to recall around 1million vehicles with dangerous air bags

Honda to recall about 1M vehicles in the US with Takata airbags

These vehicles were already part of the largest and most complex automotive recall in USA history, covering at least 50 million Takata airbag inflators in 37 million vehicles from 19 manufacturers, according to NHTSA. In early February 2019, Honda Ridgeline vehicles were recalled for catching fire when going through a auto wash.

The Maryland incident is the first reported injury linked to a Takata air bag made with a chemical additive known as a desiccant that absorbs moisture to prevent the ammonium nitrate propellant from becoming unstable.

The recall covers certain Honda and Acura models largely in the USA and Canada.

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.

Transport Canada also said vehicles that were part of the latest recall include those that were under previous recalls and others that had air bags replaced after collisions.

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Honda owners are expected to be told to take their vehicles to dealers to have the inflators replaced.

The recall covers many Honda and Acura models from 2001 through 2016.

Transport Canada says the recall only affects certain vehicles that had a Takata airbag inflator installed from 2014 and afterwards during a previous airbag recall or collision fix.

Under the terms of an agreement with the agency, Takata has until the end of this year to prove that inflators with the moisture-absorbing chemical are safe or they all will have to be recalled.

The addition of the additive and was thought to be a solution to the problem with the original air bags that were been found to activate with too much force in a crash, spraying the interior of vehicles with metal parts and leading to the recall of some 37 million vehicles in the U.S. About 100 million inflators are to be recalled worldwide.

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