If at first you don't succeed, recall 'em again.
Honda has issued a recall for approximately 1.1 million Honda and Acura vehicles. The list is positively huge, spanning a wide variety of cars both new and old, in varying body styles. The full list can be seen at the bottom of this article.
The issue stems from the airbags. All the vehicles mentioned in this recall were part of an earlier wave of Takata airbag inflator replacements. These vehicles were repaired with desiccated Takata inflators that were not subject to recall. Those replacements, however, were eventually deemed faulty as well, after Honda received a report of a person being injured by shrapnel from a replacement inflator.
Thankfully, a remedy can be had quickly. Honda has replacement parts at the ready -- this time, from alternative sources -- so owners need only head to the dealership, where technicians will swap out the faulty parts. To give you an idea of the Takata scandal's scope, Honda alone has had to deal with 21 million recalled Takata inflators across 12.9 million Honda and Acura vehicles.
The desiccant, or moisture-absorbing material, is central to understanding this deadly defect. The first batch of airbag inflators that spurred the recall used ammonium nitrate to inflate the airbag but lacked a desiccant. Over time, exposure to humidity could cause the inflator to fail, shooting out shrapnel instead of inflating the airbag as intended. There have been both deaths and injuries linked to these parts, which Takata sold to a significant number of automakers. Takata offered replacement parts with desiccants, but that clearly did not resolve the issue in its entirety. Thankfully, these new replacement parts come from different suppliers altogether.
Here's the full list of vehicles included in this latest recall:
- 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
- 2003 Acura 3.2CL
- 2004-2006, 2009-2014 Acura TL
- 2013-2016 Acura ILX
- 2003-2006 Acura MDX
- 2007-2016 Acura RDX
- 2010-2013 Acura ZDX
- 2001-2007, 2009 Honda Accord
- 2001-2005 Honda Civic
- 2002-2007, 2010-2011 Honda CR-V
- 2003-2011 Honda Element
- 2007 Honda Fit
- 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
- 2003-2008 Honda Pilot
- 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline
Originally published March 12 at 7:42 a.m. PT.
Update, at 1:54 p.m. PT: Clarified the underlying issue with Takata's airbag inflators.