According to a recent report in Automotive News, some of the defective Takata airbag inflators that were replaced in Hondas in the past may have been installed incorrectly. This could cause the inflators to deploy the airbags improperly.
The auto company will correct the situation by implementing another recall, which will actually be a re-recall of several vehicles that were already repaired.
Honda Reveals that Some Airbag Inflators Were Incorrectly Installed
Vehicles that may have been incorrectly repaired include those listed under a previous recall:
- 2008-2012 Accord
- 2010-2012 Crosstour
- 2006-2011 Civic
- 2007-2011 CRV
- 2009-2012 Fit
- 2010-2012 Insight
- 2009-2012 Pilot
All of these vehicles were recalled to replace potentially defective Takata airbag inflators that could explode upon deployment, sending shrapnel into the interior of the vehicle that could cause life-threatening injuries. The problematic ones are only the passenger side airbags, so far.
Honda has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and will make a formal announcement of the new recall once they receive a formal response. The problem is that technicians may have installed the replacement inflators the wrong way within the dashboard. This could prevent the airbag from deploying as it should during a crash, and increase the risk of injury to occupants.
No injuries have been reported related to this problem so far. There is a concern, however, that other vehicles and perhaps other automakers may have incorrectly installed replacement parts.
Over 40 Million Vehicles Recalled for Defective Takata Airbags
The sheer number of airbag inflators that need to be replaced has put automakers under a lot of pressure. Supply has not kept up with demand, and many consumers have had to wait for replacement parts to become available before being able to get their cars fixed.
At least 18 deaths and over 180 injuries have been reported related to defective Takata airbags around the globe. About 11.4 million Honda and Acura vehicles have been recalled in the U.S. alone due to these airbags, but in total, the recall affects about 42 million vehicles and 19 automakers worldwide.
Takata declared bankruptcy back in June 2017, but they continue to work to supply replacement inflators, along with other airbag manufacturers like AutoLiv and TRW. KSS systems bought out the company for $1.6 billion and plans to continue operations, particularly manufacturing millions of replacement inflators.
Back in September 2017, Honda agreed to a $605 settlement with vehicle owners to help compensate them for rental cars and childcare expenses accrued when getting their vehicles repaired.
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