Honda Canada Is Recalling 84,000 Cars That May Have Explosive Airbags

Irving Hamilton
March 13, 2019

A type of Takata air bag inflator once thought to be safe has now come under scrutiny after a crash and explosion in the USA state of Maryland injured the driver of a Honda minivan.

Takata, who installed the air bags, used the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate the air bags.

These vehicles were already part of the largest and most complex automotive recall in US history, covering at least 50 million Takata airbag inflators in 37 million vehicles from 19 manufacturers, according to NHTSA.

"A subsequent investigation revealed that PSDI-5D inflators manufactured at Takata's Monclova, Mexico facility experienced manufacturing process errors that introduced excessive moisture into the inflator during assembly", the statement continued. The driver suffered an arm injury.

At this time, the agency believes the Honda problem has been isolated and is caused by a manufacturing issue.

Honda on Monday issued a recall covering 1.1 million cars and crossover SUVs to replace defective driver's side airbags made by automotive supplier Takata.

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The recall includes some of Honda's most popular models, including Accord, CR-V, Civic, Element, Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline. Over 700,000 Acura and Honda cars were manufactured in Canada in 2013.

Honda said in a statement that owners will be notified by mail in early April, but replacement parts from manufacturers other than Takata are available to begin the recall immediately.

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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.

Some Acura vehicles made between 2002 and 2006 are also covered under the recall, including MDX, EL, TL and CL. The defect eventually spurred the recall of 37 million vehicles by 19 automakers.

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