Honda is still looking for a few needles in its haystack of 2001-2003 models, as it expands a recall that dates back to 2008. The recall concerns defective driver's airbag inflators, and it's a serious issue, one that has already resulted in a dozen injuries and at least one death.

The recall covers the 2001 and 2002 Accord, 2001 to 2003 Civic, 2001 to 2003 Odyssey, 2002 and 2003 CR-V, 2003 Pilot, 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL. This latest expansion of the recall is necessary because Honda still hasn't found all the defective parts, with 640 of the inflators still unaccounted for. Some were sold as service parts, meaning that their whereabouts cannot be easily traced.

"Because Honda is unable to determine the specific vehicles that may have received the affected service parts through existing information," said Honda's statement, "Honda will inspect an additional approximately 603,000 vehicles and replace those parts as necessary."

Honda will be contacting affected owners by mail later in the month, and the information will also be available on the Honda and Acura websites at www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com. The automaker's official press release is available after the jump.
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Statement by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Regarding Driver's Airbag Inflator Recall Expansion

Honda has expanded a previously announced recall of certain 2001 through 2003 model-year Honda and Acura vehicles to replace the driver's airbag inflator originally installed in approximately 273,000 additional vehicles sold in the U.S.


December 01, 2011

TORRANCE, Calif.


Honda has expanded a previously announced recall of certain 2001 through 2003 model-year Honda and Acura vehicles to replace the driver's airbag inflator originally installed in approximately 273,000 additional vehicles sold in the U.S. Affected driver's airbag inflators may deploy with too much pressure, which can cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury or fatality.

Separately, Honda has also determined that approximately 640 affected driver's airbag service parts were sold for installation in vehicles for collision repair or other vehicle service. Because Honda is unable to determine the specific vehicles that may have received the affected service parts through existing information, Honda will inspect an additional approximately 603,000 vehicles and replace those parts as necessary.

This recall now includes certain 2001 and 2002 Accord, 2001 to 2003 Civic, 2001 to 2003 Odyssey, 2002 and 2003 CR-V, 2003 Pilot, 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL vehicles.

Honda is aware of several incidents related to this recall and expansions, and is announcing this further 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 December 2011.

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 December, 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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      iris
      • 3 Years Ago
      The whole airbag system failed on my 2001 Honda Civic costing over 1200.00 to fix will the reimburse me now?
      Cookie
      • 1 Year Ago
      I took my 2001 Civic in to have the airbag replaced under the recall on 1/11/12. On 1/22/12 I had an accident where I hit a building (Witnesses said I was going 50) I had had a petit mal seizure. The driver side airbag did not go off. The passenger side airbag did go off. Honda will not acknowledge there was a problem and that the airbag malfunctioned. I had 2 broken wrists and 6 staples in the back of my head plus severe bruising wherever the seat belts were. I had always recommended Honda to all my friends and family, but never again!!!!
      HELLO KITTIEBOYS
      • 2 Years Ago
      IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE THAT HAS A 2011 HONDA CRV AND HAS HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH THE PAINT? I HAVE SCRATCHES UNDER THE DOOR HANDLES ON ALL 4 DOORS LOOKS AND IT LOOKS LIKE ITS CRACKING..THE DEALERSHIP TOLD ME ITS CAUSED FROM MY FINGER NAILS..I FIND THAT PRETTY HARD TO BELIEVE, SINCE I NEVER USE THE REAR DOORS, I USE THE DRIVER SIDE AND THE HATCH..
      • 3 Years Ago
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      kontroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      hahahahanda or more seasonally speaking: hohohohonda
      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      The ultimate needle in a haystack.
      chicagovet
      • 3 Years Ago
      That sleek, 2003(?) Accord looks better than the current, chunky one.
        IBx27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chicagovet
        That's because it's an Acura CL. Either way, honda and acura used to look much better than they do now.
      icon149
      • 3 Years Ago
      My ex girlfriend witnessed an accident was first on the scene, when she went over to one of the cars in question and opened to door to check if the woman was OK the airbag went off when she leaned in and knocked her over. it was minutes after the accident had occurred. In fact the police office assumed my ex was involved in the accident as she was the only one bleeding thanks to the faulty airbag in that Accord... Interesting to see that they are recalling them. I'm sure this was one of the problem units... least i hope so, other wise they have a problem with the sensors as well.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @icon149
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