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After Tenth Death Takata Airbag Recall Expanded by 2.23 Million Honda and Acura Vehicles

Feb 5, 2016

Honda Motor Co. has added another 2.23 million vehicles in the U.S. to the list of vehicles recalled over Takata airbags that could explode.

On Wednesday, February 2, the automaker said that Honda and Acura vehicles from the 2005 to 2016 model years will have Takata-manufactured driver-side front airbag inflators replaced, USA Today reports.

The number of Honda and Acura autos involved in the growing list of airbag safety recalls has reached 8.51 million vehicles, the company said. The defective inflators will be replaced free of charge with inflators from a different supplier. But Honda said that because of the large volume of repairs needed, the necessary replacement parts will not be available until the summer 2016. Owners should be able to search a vehicle’s recall status on Honda’s web site or through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site by February 15, 2016.

Honda will send owners of affected vehicles a recall notification letter within 60 days and will send a second letter when replacement parts become available, according to USA Today. Repairs will be done by authorized U.S. dealers, USA Today reports.

Models subject to the new recall include:

  • 2005-2012 Acura RL
  • 2007-2011 Honda CR-V
  • 2007-2016 Acura RDX (early production model year 2016 vehicles only)
  • 2007-2014 Honda Ridgeline
  • 2009-2014 Honda Fit
  • 2009-2014 Acura TL
  • 2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
  • 2010-2014 Honda Insight
  • 2010-2013 Acura ZDX
  • 2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
  • 2013-2016 Acura ILX (early production model year 2016 vehicles only)

The expanded recall is in response to a tenth death attributable to a defective Takata inflator. NHTSA investigators say a South Carolina man was killed in December 2015 when an inflator in a Takata airbag exploded and he was struck by shrapnel. The man was driving a 2006 Ford Ranger pickup. This was the first airbag inflator death in a vehicle other than a Honda, according to USA Today.

NHTSA says the recall would likely be expanded again to include about 1 million vehicles that use the type of inflator found in the Ranger. Another four million cars and trucks could be recalled because they use an inflator that ruptured three times in recent tests of the Toyota RAV4, NHTSA said.

Previous recalls cover 23 million ammonium-nitrate inflators in 19 million vehicles in the U.S., according to USA Today.

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