Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s order, Honda has expanded its Takata airbag recall to include more than a quarter million vehicles sold in the Japanese domestic market.
Honda appears to be experiencing the most turmoil from the Takata airbag recalls considering how the automaker had the most cars affected. In the latest Japanese recall, Honda must now add 259,479 brand-new vehicles equipped with defective airbag inflators, not including the previously known 79,249 Honda vehicles still in line to be fixed.
The recall notice states that the affected Honda vehicles, ranging from 2002 through 2008 model years, include the MDX (a U.S. Acura), the Inspire (a U.S. Accord), the LaGreat (the U.S. Odyssey) and the Element. All of the recalled Japanese vehicles may include flawed driver-side and passenger side airbag inflators.
Recalled Takata airbag inflators may explode during a crash, blasting sharp metal and plastic fragments into the vehicle’s cabin occupants. Situations where the Takata airbags did burst upon impact often left those inside the vehicle seriously injured, or even killed.
In order to remedy the situation, Honda will be installing new airbag inflators from either Takata or one of Takata’s competitors, Daicel. A Honda spokeswoman, however, emphasizes if the company decides to go with Daicel airbags, it is not because it believes Takata’s latest airbags are dangerous.
Honda’s own investigations led the automaker to recall nearly five million vehicles worldwide just this month after it discovered two new issues with the defective inflators. Takata remains silent toward the growing number of affected vehicles, while the NHTSA fights to ensure those cars are repaired before more deaths occur.
To check if your vehicle is included in the significant Takata airbag recalls, visit www.SaferCar.gov with your VIN number to see if your vehicle is on the list. Concerned drivers may also contact safety officials using the NHTSA Hotline at 888-327-4236.