Honda recall for faulty airbags expands. Again.
Honda recall on airbags, begun in 2008 and later expanded, now includes another 304,000 vehicles. The latest Honda recall involves Accord, Civic, Odyssey, Pilot, CR-V and other models made in 2001 and 2002.
Honda¬†Motor Co. is¬†recalling¬†304,000 vehicles globally for air-bags that may inflate with too much pressure in a crash, send metal and plastic pieces flying and cause injuries or deaths.
Honda¬†said there have been 20 accidents so far related to this problem, including two deaths in the U.S. in 2009.
The¬†recall¬†spans 273,000 vehicles in the U.S., some 27,000 in Canada, nearly 2,000 vehicles in Japan and another 2,000 in other countries. It affected 359 vehicles in Europe ‚ÄĒ 200 in Germany, 158 in Israel and one in Great Britain, according to¬†Honda.
The latest¬†recall¬†is an expansion of¬†recalls¬†for the same problem in 2008, and again carried out in 2009, as well as last year. The¬†recall¬†now covers about 2 million vehicles worldwide, according to Tokyo-based¬†Honda.
Honda¬†spokesman Hajime Kaneko said the cause for the latest¬†recall¬†was the use of incorrect material in the chemical used to deploy air bags.
The initial cause of the¬†recall¬†was excessive moisture in the inflator propellant, which is part of what inflates the air bag.
But that problem was found later to affect more vehicles than initially estimated, as incidents didn't stop, and the¬†recall¬†was expanded to account for the possibility that the problem was caused by a defective stamping machine used during production, he said.
Honda¬†is extremely sorry about the¬†recalls¬†but believes the problem has now been taken care of, with no more¬†recalls¬†linked to this problem expected, he said.
Also included in the latest¬†recall¬†are 912 air-bag service parts sold for installation in vehicles for collision repair and other reasons,¬†Honda¬†said.