Honda Adding 772,000 Vehicles to Recall Due to Takata Airbag Hazard

Honda vehicles have been involved in all but one of the deaths linked to the defective airbags

Honda Adding 772,000 Vehicles to Recall Due to Takata Airbag Hazard
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January 16, 2017

Just when it seemed like the Takata airbag recall had run its course, Honda has added 772,000 Honda and Acura vehicles to the list of those affected.

Consumeristreports that the auto manufacturer has now included model year 2005 to 2006 Acura MDX vehicles, model year 2005 to 2012 Acura RL vehicles, model year 2008 to 2012 Honda Accords, model year 2006 to 2011 Honda Civics, model year 2007 to 2012 Honda Fits, and model year 2010 to 2012 Honda Insights in the recall.

Honda is Takata's biggest customer. It has recalled more than 10.7 million affected Honda and Acura vehicles to date.

In addition, Honda vehicles have been involved in 10 of the 11 deaths connected to the defective airbags. A Ford vehicle was involved in the other death.

Together with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the automaker started back in June to urge people owning older Honda and Acura models to not drive those vehicles after figuring out that they were the most likely to experience dangerous ruptures in the airbag if involved in a crash.

The affected vehicles in that directive included model year 2001-2002 Honda Civics and Accords, 2002 to 2003 Acura TL vehicles, 2002 Honda CR-V vehicles, Odysseys, 2003 Honda Pilots, and 2003 Acura CLs containing a manufacturing defecting that greatly raises the likelihood of a rupture if the air bag is deployed in a crash.

"With as high as a 50% chance of a dangerous airbag inflator rupture in a crash, these vehicles are unsafe and need to be repaired immediately," U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said at the time. "Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge."