Honda has recalled hundreds of thousands of 2001-2003 Honda and Acura models for airbag issues since 2008, and now the Japanese automaker is re-recalling those vehicles. Honda is inspecting 833,000 vehicles for airbags that deploy with too much pressure, which could lead to metal fragments passing through the airbag cushion material. This defect has resulted in 12 injuries and one death since 2010.

The recall covers vehicles that have already been serviced, as Honda is searching for 2,430 defective airbag inflator parts that were used during the original repair. Since Honda cannot determine which vehicles received the defective part, the Japanese automaker is re-recalling all 833,000 vehicles.

Among the 833,000 vehicles affected by the recalls are the 2001-2002 Accord and Civic, the 2002 Odyssey and 2002-2003 CR-V. Acura models affected are certain 2002-2003 TL sedans and 2003 CL coupes.

This latest news means that Honda has recalled over 1.6 million vehicles for this issue since 2008. Honda recalled 440,000 vehicles in 2009 and another 379,000 in 2010. The automaker's official press release is available after the jump.
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Statement by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Regarding Inspection of Driver's Airbag Inflators As Part of Recall Expansion

Honda has expanded a previously announced recall of certain 2001 through 2003 model-year Honda and Acura vehicles to include vehicles that may have had the original driver's airbag module replaced with an affected service part. These vehicles were not included in the earlier safety recalls because the driver's airbag modules originally installed in them were not affected by the potential safety issue. However, Honda has now determined that a number of affected service part airbags were installed in these vehicles in the process of a collision repair or other vehicle service. Owners of all potentially affected vehicles are being notified because Honda has not been able to determine which specific vehicles received one of those parts. The replacement driver's airbag inflators in affected vehicles may deploy with too much pressure, which can cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury or fatality.

This recall includes certain 2001 and 2002 Accord and Civic, 2002 Odyssey; 2002 and 2003 CR-V, selected 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL vehicles. To ensure that all 2,430 recalled airbag inflator service parts are replaced, the recall is being expanded to include approximately 833,000 vehicles that may require inspection.

Honda is aware of several incidents related to the earlier recall and expansions, and is announcing this new recall expansion to encourage all owners of included vehicles to take their vehicle to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive mailed notification from Honda. Notification to the expanded group of customers will begin in late May 2011.

The registered owners of the affected vehicles will be notified of this safety recall by mail. If an owner is confident that the driver's airbag in their vehicle never has been replaced, they can inform Honda by signing and returning a postage-paid postcard that will be included with the recall notice. All others are encouraged to have their vehicle inspected by an authorized Honda or Acura dealer.

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, in addition to contacting customers by mail, in late May, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going on-line or calling. Honda owners can go to www.recalls.honda.com or call (800) 999-1009 and select option 4; Acura owners can go to www.recalls.acura.com or call (800) 382-2238 and select option 4.


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        sysadm1n
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        Don't feed the troll. Hopefully they will starve and die off.
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        I really wish there was an "Ignore User" feature on this blog like there is in some forums. This guy is obnoxious.
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      WAR HERO
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      More recalls from Honda and Toyota. It's time to start buying American.
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        Jac Zobel de Ayala
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        @WAR HERO
        Good advice. You're left with GM since Ford is the recall king and Chrysler's Italian.
      erkba8
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just as side note to all the Japanese car bashing on this site.ALL of the recalled Honda's are the AMERICAN MADE HONDA'S(OHIO and place's like that),not the JAPANESE.Good try to make american car's seem better made than oversea car's WHA WHA!!!!SIDE NOTE-the faulty Toyota's were caused by AMERICAN PART'S/DESIGN. Also consider that both TOYOTA/HONDA don't sell more than 2 or 3 REAL JAPANESE MADE car's anymore.
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        styxmiko
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        @erkba8
        I feel sorry for your brainwashed head...
      mikoprivat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just as side note ...honda is a japanese car, regardless where it's being made. Don't blame the american workers for the design faults of the company, especially when this is not an installation/assembly line, but design issue ...all hondas are a piece of $$hit
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      When is Honda NOT having an airbag recall, should be the question.
      longducdong
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      Had One Never Did Again
      Bryan
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      I think I am running out of things to say about recalls lol...theres so many lately!
        2 Wheeled Menace
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        @Bryan
        I think cheap China parts are to blame.. everyone's going cheap on their cars these days in order to keep them affordable..
      ack154
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ouch. Don't know where those 2430 parts are and have to recall over 800k? That means only 0.29% of these are affected. But even with a number that low, I sure as hell wouldn't want to be in one if I could help it.
        airchompers
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        @ack154
        I'd love to see a statistical analysis of this. What are the odds of being in a crash in the .29% affected? And how much worse do passengers fare in the crashes unaffected airbag v affected airbag?
          ack154
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          @airchompers
          For me, just knowing that one person has died in the last year because of this specific issue, I would not be very comfortable in one. Statistically, ya, probably ridiculously low chance. But I'll avoid that chance completely if at all possible. :)
      BMW ROCKS!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda trying their hardest to go after Toyota. They are succeeding!
      Stix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good lord, some people on this site are really dense. Ford and Honda are more global nowadays, than they are American and Japanese respectively. Ford has companies assembling cars in: Mexico, Canada, UK, Germany, Brazil, Thailand, as well as the US. The same thing goes for Honda with assembly plants in many different countries, as well as the US. And most of Honda's offerings in the U.S. were built in an assembly plant in Ohio. The lines between Ford being American and Honda being Japanese are becoming more and more blurry.
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