• Jul 21, 2009
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Honda is recalling some of its 2001 model year Accord and Civic models due to excessively pressurized airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that certain airbags in the affected vehicles can deploy so violently that the inflator will rupture. When the bag is deployed, NHTSA says that metal shards from the excessive explosion could act like shrapnel, shoot through the bag and possibly injure vehicle occupants. We're no crash experts, but that sounds like it would hurt a lot.

Owners of affected 2001 Accords and Civics will be able to bring in their vehicle to their local Honda store where the inflator will be replaced free of charge. Honda hasn't yet released a notification schedule or disclosed how many of each model will be recalled, but owners can find out more info by calling Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Check out the galleries below and hit the jump to read the official NHTSA press release.




[Source: NHTSA]

PRESS RELEASE:

Report Date : July 20, 2009 at 11:10 AM
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V259000

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
HONDA / ACCORD 2001
HONDA / CIVIC 2001

Manufacturer: HONDA (AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.) Mfr's Report Date: JUN 30, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V259000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE

Potential Number of Units Affected:

Summary:

HONDA IS RECALLING MY 2001 CIVIC AND ACCORD VEHICLES. THE DRIVER'S AIRBAG INFLATOR COULD PRODUCE EXCESSIVE INTERNAL PRESSURE. IF AN AFFECTED AIRBAG DEPLOYS, THE INCREASED INTERNAL PRESSURE MAY CAUSE THE INFLATOR TO RUPTURE.

Consequence:
METAL FRAGMENTS COULD PASS THROUGH THE AIR BAG CUSHION MATERIAL POSSIBLY CAUSING INJURY TO VEHICLE OCCUPANTS.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE AIRBAG INFLATOR FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009.

Notes:

OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Mact, half of the vehicles GM and Ford make now are based on foreign platforms and/or with foreign engines, and often made in Canada or Mexico. "Domestic" my ass.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You need to check your data. BTW, 100% of the Japanese vehicles sold in the US are based on foriegn platforms. With parts made by primarily Japanese and other far east suppliers. It takes between 10,000 and 20,000 people to MAKE a car and about 1000 to assemble it. When Honda shuts down all of its Japanese operations and starts employing 20,000 Engineers, technicians, and support personnel in the US it will then be an American company. Until then, it's a Japanese company and primarily exists for the benefit of the Japanese people - this little mistake on your part, and the part of all too many other Americans is severely undermining our economy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wrongful death suits are usually less expensive than those of injured people that require long term medical care... hmm.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fragmentation grenades in the dash?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ouch. That seems pretty serious.
      My issue with Honda is that they seem to take much longer than normal to acknowledge a widespread issue in their cars and issue a recall. (I think I used "issue" too many times :D.)
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honda reliability ?....
      • 5 Years Ago
      This does not seem good...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does honda seem to be going down a little further each day?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Anti-believer

        Let's get it right if we're going to say it: Chrysler has been through ONE bankruptcy. They've had to get federal loans to try to prevent bankruptcy twice, the second time of which didn't work, of course.
        • 5 Years Ago
        To further bwzd7p2's comment, the loans for Chrysler in 1980 were not from the federal government. They were from private banks, but were backed by the feds in case they defaulted on them, which of course they didn't and instead paid them back early.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's just you. Notice how the affected models are now 8 years old.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not just you. They seem determined to race Toyota to the bottom. To be fair this isn't an indication of it, though. The idea of the government mandating that there are explosives in our steering wheels is just sort of dumb. And now it's not just the steering wheel but everywhere. Explosives in our steering wheels, our dashboards, by our heads on the sides of the vehicles, our doors, in our seats, possibly under our hoods for pedestrians and now underneath the car to stop it.

        In a few years they'll probably have enough explosives scattered throughout your car that in the event of a collision or impending collision the vehicle simply explodes. On the plus side, this will save people who do not have their car explode tax dollars after healthcare is nationalized so it isn't all bad.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's just you. GM, Ford & Chrylser have been lower than anything this past year and half. Hold it... Chrysler going through a second bankruptcy. GM, biggest automaker, not anymore after their bankruptcy. Ford... no bankruptcy but they were considering to ask the gov for money to survie.

        So it's just you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      2001 Honda Accord and Civic, now with built-in grenades so you won't walk away from that mess. Now accepting orders from terrorist organizations.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "you WILL be buying your cars from your enemies" Preston Tucker..... oh how right he was. Bunch of morons. We give away ALL of our manufacturing and now were destroying our auto market. You are destroying your own economy. Along with trillions Ocrapa is spending. Good luck with that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome! And it only took eight years!
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