More cars added to Honda airbag recall

by Cornelius Nunev

Honda has been constantly recalling airbags on particular designs for some time. The problem is that the air-bags can deploy too forcefully and spray drivers with shrapnel. The second recall expansion for this year has just been announced and the recalls have been continuous since 2008.

One of the biggest recalls

The airbags in Honda vehicle triggered a recall in 2008. The inflation system needed to be fixed, according to USA Today. Takata made the device that Honda used. It put too much pressure in the airbag as it deployed. The system was not able to withstand the blast. That meant that the airbag would shower plastic and metal on the driver as it came out.

The 2008 Honda airbag recall initially covered 3,900 2001 Civic and Accord models, as reported by the New York Times. The recall expanded in 2009, 2010 and May of 2011 when it was discovered that the defect was in many other designs. Honda has just expand-ed the recall again.

3 million need to be fixed

This brand new recall caused about 304,000 new automobiles to be added, according to the Christian Science Monitor. Of those, the U.S. had about 273,000. There are a further 27,000 affected cars in Canada, 2,000 in Japan and 2,000 others world-wide. There is only one automobile in Good Britain. The total number of automobiles affected by the recall so far, such as the recall just announced now totals 2.8 million, such as 2.5 million in the U.S., according to USA Today.

The first trigger of the problem was thought to be a defect in the propellant used in deploying the airbag that would allow moisture to accumulate, which would cause it to explode with additional force. However, it was later discovered that a faulty manufacturing machine at Takata and faulty chemicals in the airbag propellant were causing defects in replacement airbags as well. The latest recall also consists of 603,000 cars that might have received one of fewer than 1,000 faulty replacement airbags. Honda doesn't know which automobiles received faulty replacement airbags.

The last recall

Honda is convinced this will be the last extension of the recall over the airbag problem. Anything later than 2003 is not affected by the problem. Owners have been asked to get vehicles inspected. They should be brought in just to make sure the airbag is fine.

The affected models, according to CNN, include the 2001 to 2003 Honda Civic, the 2001 and 2002 Accord, the 2002 and 2003 CR-V, 2001 to 2003 Odyssey, the 2003 Pilot, the 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL.

There have been 20 incidents of injuries due to airbag shrapnel in the affected designs, such as two fatalities.

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