Honda, Acura Recall 2.4 Million Autos

By Staff Writer January 23, 2020

American Honda will recall approximately 2.4 million Honda and Acura automobiles from the 1996 through 2003 model years in the U.S. to inspect and, if needed, replace certain Takata driver front airbag inflators manufactured with non-azide propellant (NADI), for free. Free recall inspections and repairs will begin in approximately one year, as replacement parts from alternative suppliers are not yet available.

In November 2019, Takata submitted a defect information report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration related to NADI inflators installed in multiple automakers’ vehicles. NADI inflators pre-date and are different from Takata non-desiccated inflators involved in earlier recalls. Manufactured without appropriate seals, recalled NADI inflators may allow air and moisture to leak into the inflators over an extended period, causing propellant degradation. If a recalled NADI inflator-equipped airbag with degraded propellant deploys during a crash, it may deploy too slowly or, in very rare cases, too forcefully, rupturing and throwing metal pieces of the inflator toward vehicle occupants. Either scenario could contribute to occupant injuries.

Initial mailed notification to owners of recalled vehicles will begin in mid-March with a second notice planned when replacement parts become available.

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