Honda is already recalling millions of vehicles in the US to replace their driver's side Takata airbag inflators, and now the company is adding 1.39 million more to repair that part on the passenger's side, as well. This expansion covers the 2001-2005 Civic and the 2003-2007 Accord with a four-cylinder engine. According to the documentation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the broadening of this campaign brings the total number of cars from Honda in need of the fix on the passenger's side to 2.3 million.

Honda had previously believed that the issue with Takata passenger's side was only a regional problem for high-humidity areas. However, NHTSA determined that the components were in need of a national recall, like their driver's side counterparts. The same problem affects these as the other Takata parts where prolonged exposure to moisture could cause the propellant to ignite too quickly. This can make shrapnel shoot at occupants in an airbag deployment. Up to seven fatalities have been linked globally to this happening.

Honda owners affected by the company's latest expansion to its Takata recall will be notified by mail in the next 60 days.

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Statement by American Honda Regarding Nationwide Recall of Certain Takata Passenger Front Airbag Inflators

Jun 15, 2015 - TORRANCE, Calif.

Nationwide recall of passenger front airbag inflators in 2001-2005 Civic and 2003-2007 Accord will add approximately 1.39 million inflators not previously subject to recall or safety improvement campaign

No change to national recall of driver front airbag inflators announced on May 28

Honda today announced that it will initiate a national recall to replace, free of charge, Takata passenger front airbag inflators installed in certain 2001-2005 Civic and 2003-2007 Accord models sold in the United States following a recently announced defect determination by Takata. The recall will add 1.39 million passenger front airbag inflators not previously subject to either a recall or safety improvement campaign.

In its preliminary announcement on May 28, Honda stated that it would recall a more limited population of vehicles. That announcement, which was based on the specific regional nature of the defect determination made by Takata, indicated that approximately 350,000 additional passenger front airbag inflators would be added to inflators included in an earlier regional action (14V-700). However, the NHTSA subsequently interpreted the Takata defect determination as requiring a national recall and directed Honda to conduct a national recall. As a result, based on the Takata defect determination and the NHTSA's subsequent directive, Honda decided to conduct a national recall that will include approximately 1.39 million inflators not previously subject to recall or safety improvement campaign (this includes the estimated 350,000 inflators mentioned in the preliminary announcement). According to currently available information, this results in a total of approximately 2.3 million passenger front airbag inflators now requiring replacement in this action.

Importantly, approximately 915,000 of the affected Civic and Accord vehicles included in existing passenger front airbag inflator recalls and Honda's voluntary safety improvement campaigns (13V-132, 14V-349, 14-353 and 14V-700) will transition into the new recall. The same free repair - replacement of the passenger front airbag inflator - will be completed under the new national action.

NOTE: Today's announcement does not alter the nature or scope of the national driver front airbag inflator recall that also was announced on May 28, 2015.

Mailed notification to registered owners of vehicles affected by this recall will occur within 60 days. The most-updated available consumer information about this action can be obtained at www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or by calling (800) 999-1009 for Honda owners or (800) 382-2238 for Acura owners, and selecting option 4.

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RECALL Subject : Passenger Side Front Air Bag Inflator may Rupture

Report Receipt Date: JUN 15, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V370000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,300,000
All Products Associated with this Recall

Vehicle Make Model Model Year (s)

HONDA ACCORD 2003-2007

HONDA CIVIC 2001-2005

Details
Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

SUMMARY:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2003-2007 Honda Accord vehicles manufactured August 16, 2002, to August 28, 2007 and equipped with a four cylinder engine, and 2001-2005 Honda Civic vehicles manufactured April 25, 2000, to September 2, 2005. The affected vehicles have a passenger side frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture upon its deployment.

CONSEQUENCE:
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the passenger seat occupant or other occupants possibly causing serious injury or death.

REMEDY:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 13, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are JS1 and JS2. Note: Vehicles that have already received a replacement passenger air bag inflator as part of the recall remedy for an earlier campaign such as 13V132, 14V349, 14V353 or 14V700 (Honda recall numbers S95, JH6, JH7, JH8, JH9, JJ0, JJ1, JJ2, JJ6, JM5 and JM6) are not included in this recall.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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