Faulty Airbags Triggers Massive Recall for Honda

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Faulty Airbags Triggers Massive Recall for Honda

Honda announced this week that it will be recalling over 2.3 million vehicles due to faulty Takata airbags. This is over 500,000 more than expected when the company first revealed the possibility of a recall. On top of that, another airbag issue separate from the Takata problem is going to force the automobile manufacturer to recall an addition 350,000 units. To say this week is not a good one for Honda would be an understatement.

This is not the first issue a manufacturer has had with the Takata airbag which can over-inflate and cause shrapnel to enter the passenger compartment. Other manufacturers have dealt with the same issue and when it’s all said and done, it’s expected that over 20 million vehicles will have been recalled over the next year with 8.5 million being from Honda alone.

Currently, ten deaths have been linked to the issue with the faulty airbags, the most recent being an older Ford Explorer. While no deaths have been reported with Honda, the company is taking preventative measures in an effort to avoid such a tragedy. The latest recall involves the following models:

  • 2005-2012 Acura RL
  • 2007-2011 Honda CR-V
  • 2007-2016 Acura RDX
  • 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

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this could only be the beginning to the recall with more vehicles likely to be affected. The main problem for Honda at this point is how they will get all of the vehicles repaired, especially the older models. It’s expected that the process will be slower than anticipated as Honda’s backlog continues to grow.

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