Honda Recalls More Than 1.4 Million Vehicles to Replace Air Bags That May Explode

At least 23 people have been killed when shrapnel flew through the passenger compartment

Honda Recalls More Than 1.4 Million Vehicles to Replace Air Bags That May Explode
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October 3, 2018

Honda is recalling more than 1.4 million vehicles to replace the airbag inflators as part of the massive ongoing Takata recall. If the airbags were exposed to excessive humidity, they may explode during a crash. Worldwide, more than 180 people have been injured and at least 23 people have been killed when the exploding airbags send shrapnel into the passenger compartment.

What's the problem?

These vehicles are being recalled as part of a phased recall program which aims to repair those vehicles with the highest risk to safety first. This is the fourth phase for Honda that wasn't due to start until later in the year, but an ample supply of repair parts has accelerated the repair schedule. Honda was Takata's biggest customer.

The airbag may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to higher absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.

Affected Vehicles

The following vehicle models are affected:

  • Certain 2014 Honda Ridgeline vehicles nationwide;
  • Certain 2011-2012 Acura RL, 2011 Honda Element and 2011-2013 Ridgeline vehicles in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia;
  • If not included above, certain 2010-2011 Honda Element, 2010-2012 Acura RL and 2010-2013 Ridgeline vehicles in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming;
  • Certain 2014 Honda Insight and Acura TSX and TSX Wagon, 2014-2015 Honda Crosstour and Pilot vehicles nationwide;
  • Certain 2014 Honda FCX Clarity and Fit EV vehicles in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, California, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) and the U.S. Virgin Islands;
  • Certain 2011-2013 Acura TSX, TSX Wagon and ZDX, Honda Crosstour, Insight, Fit and Pilot, 2011-2012 Honda Accord and 2011 Honda Civic NGV, Civic, Civic Hybrid and CR-V vehicles in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia;
  • Certain 2010-2013 Acura TSX and ZDX, Honda Crosstour, Fit, Insight and Pilot, 2011-2013 TSX Wagon, 2010-2012 Honda Accord and 2010-2011 Honda Civic NGV, Civic, Civic Hybrid and CR-V vehicles in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming

What happens next?

Honda will notify owners and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator free of charge.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at (888) 234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are H2H and S2I.