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We were kinda hoping that 2010 would be the year of auto industry recovery, but instead it's becoming increasingly obvious that it is turning into Year Of The Recall. This time, Honda is up to bat with another 378,758 recalls for an apparent airbag inflator issue. The nearly 400,000 units have been added to the already announced 440,000 vehicles red tagged back in August. 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 reports that metal shards from the excessive explosion could act like shrapnel, shoot through the bag and possibly injure vehicle occupants. Ouchie.

Honda said in a statement on the automaker's website that there were 12 reported incidents of this happening, with one fatality. The original recall back in November, 2008 was for only 4,000 2001 Accords and Civics but in July, 2009 Honda added more makes of the 2001 and 2002 Accord, Civic and some 2002 Acura TL models. The newly updated list includes 2001 and 2002 Accord, Civic, Odyssey, CR-V, and selected 2002 Acura TL vehicles.

NHTSA announced that it was investigating the timing of the Honda airbag recall back in November. The government agency was curious as to why the Japanese automaker needed eight months to add an additional 440,000 vehicles. Hit the jump to read over the Honda press release, which includes directions for owners of affected vehicles.

[Source: Honda]


Honda has expanded a previously announced recall of certain 2001 and 2002 model-year vehicles to replace the driver's airbag inflator in an additional 378,758 vehicles in the U.S. The driver's airbag inflators in these vehicles may deploy with too much pressure, which can cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury or fatality.
In total, Honda is aware of 12 incidents related to this issue as of February 2010. While Honda was aware of two additional events when the decision to first expand the recall was made in July 2009, we are not aware of any new events that have occurred after July 2009. However, we have concluded that we cannot be completely certain that the driver's airbag inflator in the vehicles being added to this recall at this time will perform as designed. Therefore, we have decided to add certain 2001 and 2002 Accord, Civic, Odyssey, CR-V, and selected 2002 Acura TL vehicles to this recall.*
Honda is announcing this recall expansion to encourage all owners of these vehicles to take their vehicle to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification from Honda that their vehicle is affected. Notification to customers will start within this month.

As with nearly all Honda and Acura safety recalls, Honda originally brought this matter to the attention of NHTSA and has kept NHTSA apprised of our decision to include additional vehicles in the expanded recall.
When Honda identifies concerns of this nature, nothing is more important to the company than fulfilling our obligation and responsibility to alert our customers. To this end, as with the July 2009 recall expansion, in addition to contacting customers by mail, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicle requires repair by going on-line or calling. Honda owners can go to
http://owners.honda.com recalls or call (800) 999-1009; Acura owners can go to http://owners.acura.com/recalls or call (800) 382-2238. When owners of these vehicles receive written notification of this recall from Honda, they should contact their authorized Honda or Acura dealer to schedule an appointment for repair. Honda will also follow the mailed notifications with telephone contact to each customer.

As background, sixteen months ago Honda announced to NHTSA a plan to conduct a recall on fewer than 4,000 model year 2001 Accord and Civic vehicles to replace the driver's airbag inflator, based on our analysis of four instances attributed to the cause of airbag deployments that resulted in rupture of the driver's airbag inflator.
After the original recall in November, 2008, two additional incidents were reported, including one fatality from a vehicle not included in that recall. Our ongoing analysis led us to recognize the potential for additional vehicles to exhibit this symptom, and in July, 2009 Honda expanded that recall to include approximately 440,000 model year 2001 and 2002 Accord, Civic and certain 2002 Acura TL vehicles. To date, Honda is aware of a total of twelve incidents.
If the driver's airbag deploys in an affected vehicle, the driver's airbag inflator could produce excessive internal pressure which may cause the airbag inflator casing to rupture, resulting in metal fragments passing through the airbag cushion material and possibly causing injury or fatality to vehicle occupants.

There were two types manufacturing machines used in pressing the inflator propellant. One propellant manufacturing process allowed us to verify that all of the propellant was within specification, but we cannot validate the other process to our satisfaction at this time. We have decided to recall all inflator assemblies that were not confirmed by 100-percent automatic inspection during production because we cannot be absolutely certain they will all perform as designed, even though recent testing of units from this production process performed correctly.
* We are also adding one (1) Honda Pilot and one (1) Acura CL vehicle, each produced in late 2002, to this recall.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Will the safety triad (Ditlow/Nader/Claybrook) ever be held responsible for imposing their nanny state airbag requirements?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder when Ford will get their recall notice from the Fed. It is amazing how the Fed is going after all the car companies they do not own.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fire in the hole!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      All makes have recalls, yes, but this cover up by Toyleta is much worse.
      And it's not even all, it will get much worse
        • 5 Years Ago
        I totally agree, my buddy and I have been saying it for years.....Rice companies have always been dishonest with their recalls. I also agree with other past comments about media and late night shows mostly crapping over American made products. Well , being crapped on all the time has sometimes some positive effects. Hopefully ,the Big American 3 learned their lesson. This is their chance to win back some of the customers they lost over the years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Toyota recalls have been big, for sure.

      But what a lot of people don't realize is how common recalls actually are. No automaker is immune and there are usually 500-600 campaigns every year (which is way higher than any other country).

      US regulations are the toughest in the world and most complex. There will be a call for Toyota's blood in Congress and even more regulations will be the end result.

      Bottom line, more costs to the end consumer. Between this and meeting CAFE, don't expect to ever see sub $20K cars again.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Who designed these airbags? al Qaeda?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Standard equipment:

      Power Steering
      Anti-lock Brakes
      Fragmentation Grenade
      • 5 Years Ago
      The sky is falling, the sky is falling. I still wouldn't buy a Chrysler or GM. Especially a GM. Ford is a definite yes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saved my money for several years, all the while driving a Japanese car that was paid for, making repairs as necessary until I could afford the car I'd wanted for years. My Beemer is gorgeous! It's solid, has impressive power and is fuel efficient, and, best of all? There's no recall!! The Bavarian's might not make the cheapest car's in the world, and many are out of the financial reach of a vast portion of the public, but if you can save your money, live frugally, and drive even more frugal, you TOO can buy a car that's not a rolling Death Trap. GO BEEMERS!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't care about recalls. It gets fixed on their dime. Let me know when a Domestic can make it to 200k without an alternator, water pump or a transmission issue. Until then Toyota and Honda for me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        TOYTAC your injuries will precede your 200K miles. I prefer safely. buy American
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is about time the USA stoped requiring Airbags and police ticketing. They all break noses, knock out teeth, damage eyes, etc. This is safety??? No just control.
      • 5 Years Ago
      hahahaha wow so i guess all those American cars aren't so bad when it comes to quality after all lol anyways with ford and GM coming out with great cars i wouldn't be surprised if the American market started buying more domestic cars instead of the toyotas and hondas of the world. good think hundai is around for the asian market in america otherwise idk what those need for speeders and foreign market tuners would do without it lolz

      ps:hey gm and ford this is your chance(your lucky) so dont mess it up with big recalls of your own!
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