Honda Recalling More Than 37,000 Accords with Potentially Defective Replacement Takata Air Bags
An air bag inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking vehicle occupants
Honda is recalling an estimated 37,421 model year 2003 Honda Accord Coupe vehicles that are equipped with a four-cylinder engine.
If the passenger frontal air bag module on the affected vehicles has been replaced, such as after a crash necessitating frontal air bag deployment, the replacement air bag module may include a Takata air bag inflator. These inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to lower absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
An air bag inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the driver or other vehicle occupants—resulting in serious injuries or even death.
Honda will notify owners of the recalled vehicles beginning on May 1, 2017. Local Honda dealers will then inspect the vehicle and replace any Takata inflator used in the passenger frontal air bag module. These repairs will be made free of charge to vehicle owners.
Owners with additional questions about this recall can contact Honda customer service at (888) 234-2138. Honda's reference number for the recall is KF0.