Honda is recalling 1.4 million cars due to a potentially dangerous issue with Takata front passenger-side airbag inflators.
The recall covers both Honda and Acura vehicles. If the airbags are exposed to prolonged heat and high humidity, the Takata airbag may explode during a crash. This can cause metal parts to spray throughout the car, causing serious injury. Southern states including Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are considered to be more at risk, due to their persistent hot and humid climates. The Tatkata airbags use ammonium nitrate, a chemical designed to create a small explosion, to inflate the bags. Tests showed that the chemical can weaken if exposed to high temperatures and moisture.
23 people have been killed worldwide due to Takata’s defective inflators. 13 of these deaths have been in a Honda vehicle. 180 people have been injured. Takata has to recall more than 100 million airbag inflators through 2019.
Three class action lawsuits have been filed against General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Vokswagen and Mercedes Benz due to faulty Takata airbags. Plaintiffs assert that General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen, and Mercedes-Benz were informed about inflator defects during tests, but took no action. The most serious of the charges are focused on General Motors. According to documents from Takata, GM showed its concerns about the inflators as early as 2003. Honda settled a similar lawsuit in 2017 for $605 million.
To see if your Honda or Acura vehicle is part of the recall, you can visit Honda’s Airbag Inflator Recall Center.