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Honda recalls 1.2M more vehicles with dangerous airbags

Honda recalls 1.2M more vehicles with dangerous airbags

The chemical used in the air bag inflators can burn too fast and blow apart a metal canister, hurling shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said drivers should check their recall status at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls, noting that not all Honda and Acura vehicles that have received replacement air bags under recalls are affected by the latest recall.

Honda will recall more than a million vehicles in North America, including 84,000 in Canada, to replace a batch of faulty airbag parts that were installed as part of the largest auto safety recall in history. The defect eventually spurred the recall of 37 million vehicles by 19 automakers.

A driver in Maryland was injured in a January crash when a 2004 Honda Odyssey driver-side air bag inflator, made by the now-defunct Takata Corp., ruptured, Honda said in a statement.

An investigation later showed that manufacturing issues at Takata's Mexico facility introduced excessive moisture into the inflator during assembly, leading to the problem.

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The Japanese vehicle company is recalling models in the USA and Canada from as far back as 2001, and as recent as 2010, Canadian safety regulator documents show.

Also included are certain 2003 Acura 3.2CL cars, as well as the 2013 to 2016 ILX, the 2003 to 2006 MDX, the 2007 to 2016 RDX, the 2002 to 2003 3.2TL, the 2004 to 2006 and 2009 to 2014 TL, and the 2010 to 2013 ZDX.

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. "Those replacement inflators", Honda said in a statement, "are now deemed defective".

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.


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