• Aug 3rd 2009 at 8:01AM
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2001 Honda Accord - click above for high-res gallery

Honda began a recall campaign last November to repair overpressurized airbag inflators in 2001 Honda Civics and Accords. The excessive pressurization could cause the metal inflator casing to explode on the driver's side, potentially resulting in fragments that would pierce the airbag material and injure drivers.

That recall has now been expanded with the addition of 440,000 cars that include the 2002-2003 Acura TL. Honda says affected owners will receive a recall notice in the mail, or you can check your car's recall status on Honda and Acura's sites. Barring that, you can get all of the information in the press release after the jump or check out our galleries of the 2001 Accord and Civic models below.


American Honda Expands Airbag Safety Recall
Certain 2001-2002 Honda Accord, 2001 Civic and 2002-2003 Acura TL driver's airbags affected
07/31/2009 - TORRANCE, Calif. -

An existing safety recall of the driver's airbag in certain 2001 Honda Accords and Civics due to a potential defect in the airbag's inflation system is being expanded to include more vehicles, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today. Originally initiated in November 2008, approximately 440,000 additional vehicles are included in the expanded recall, which will require the replacement of the driver's steering-wheel-mounted airbag inflator.

In some vehicles, airbag inflators can produce over-pressurization of the driver's (front) airbag inflator mechanism during airbag deployment. If an affected inflator deploys, the increased internal pressure may cause the inflator casing to rupture. Metal fragments could pass through the cloth airbag cushion material, possibly causing an injury or fatality to vehicle occupants.

Registered owners of vehicles that potentially contain affected inflators will receive a recall notice in the mail over the next few months, with the owners of vehicles most likely to include a problem airbag being contacted first. The recall notice will include further instructions to help schedule a repair to each vehicle. Interested owners may confirm their vehicle's recall status by visiting the Honda "Owner Link" website at www.owners.honda.com/recalls or the Acura "My Acura" website at www.owners.acura.com/recalls. Only certain vehicles are affected, and concerned owners of 2001-2002 Accords, 2001 Civics and 2002-2003 Acura TLs are encouraged to wait to receive a recall notice in the mail before scheduling an appointment with their local dealer.

Consumers can verify their vehicle's recall status by visiting www.owners.honda.com/recalls for Honda vehicles and www.owners.acura.com/recalls for Acura vehicles.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Yep you are right Avinash, If this was a GM or Chrysler product there would be a thousand comments by now. Funny how the American public doesn't inform themselves that GM, Ford, and Chrysler's quality has gone way up and the Jap. cars Quality keeps going down, down, down.
        Cleetus Awreetus
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thets becuzz them thar cars iz maad by them thar youn yun commies! Those japs wuz a bad bunch in thet thar war some yars ago, but theys a heap bettur then them thar flargity snaggit commies!
      • 6 Years Ago
      WW2 veterans warned me back in 1965 not to buy Japanese cars that they were equipped to cause auto accidents and also put Americans out of work. Thats when HONDAS sold for a couple thousand less than American cars. Now Hondas and other JAPANESEcars sell for more than same size or quality of American cars. Think about it what better way to kill an enemy but with unsuspected shrapnel from a air bag.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll bet Consumer Reports would say, "but the shrapnel won't go very deep into your forehead, not nearly as far as it would if it was American made".
      JDM Life
      • 6 Years Ago

      • 6 Years Ago
      Boo, my parents have a 2003 Acura TL. Have to make sure they know about this. They had the transmission fail at 65,000 miles on the highway at 75 mph (it downshifted into first with no warning). Acura replaced that free of charge, but still, it was pretty scary. Acura is basically off of my list.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder how many people were killed or injured by these grenades, errr airbags.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I believe there has been one death. I am not sure what particular model/year was involved.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why is this just coming out if we are talking about 2001 to 2003 models? If it was a problem across the modules from this particular supplier, this would have been recalled years ago. Seems strange to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Forced by law to risk a shrapnel injury courtesy of Honda. Another example of the tyranny of the negligent and the nanny state.

      Despite the fact that I always wear a seatbelt, I am nevertheless forced to sit facing an explosive device every time I am in a car, all because too many people can't be troubled to buckle up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Except modern cars don't trigger the airbag if you have your seatbelt on unless the crash is at high speed. In which case you might actually be better off with the metal shrapnel because the airbags only fire if the seatbelt can't hold you back anymore.
      Dawn Maxwell
      • 6 Years Ago
      Buy American stop buying junk. We have the best cars in the world, and it puts people to work. People that buy foren cars are eather cheep, or don't care about America.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would prefer an integrated roll bar/safety cage and some recaros with a 5 point racing harness over an airbag...seriously. The way people drive these days, maybe I will wear my motorcycle helmet also!
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      • 6 Years Ago
      I never really noticed before, but that is a really ugly coupe.
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