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Honda Canada Is Recalling 84,000 Cars That May Have Explosive Airbags

Honda Canada Is Recalling 84,000 Cars That May Have Explosive Airbags”

A type of Takata air bag inflator once thought to be safe has now come under scrutiny after a crash and explosion in the USA state of Maryland injured the driver of a Honda minivan. The chemical can reportedly deteriorate when exposed to humidity and high temperatures, blowing apart a metal canister and hurling shrapnel.

The recalls are part of the largest series of automotive recalls in USA history.

Honda says that it has replacement parts available for affected owners, "all from alternate suppliers", and will begin conducting free repairs immediately.

Honda said on Tuesday it would recall about 1.1 million Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States to re-replace defective Takata airbags on the driver's side.

23 people have died across the world because of the defect, according to CBS News. Documents posted by Canadian safety regulators show that Honda is recalling many of its most popular models for a second time.

The Japanese vehicle company is recalling models in the USA and Canada from as far back as 2001, and as recent as 2010, Canadian safety regulator documents show.

The Honda models being recalled include 2001-2007 and 2009 Honda Accord, 2001-2005 Honda Civic, 2002-2007 and 2010-2011 Honda CR-V, 2003-2011 Honda Element, 2007 Honda Fit, 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey, 2003-2008 Honda Pilot, and 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline.

Honda became aware of the issue after a Honda Odyssey crash, where the front airbag deployed and injured the driver's arm.

Takata airbag inflators have already resulted in millions of recalls worldwide.

"A subsequent investigation revealed that PSDI-5D inflators manufactured at Takata's Monclova, Mexico facility experienced manufacturing process errors that introduced excessive moisture into the inflator during assembly", the statement continued.

Owners will be told to take their vehicles to dealers to have the inflators replaced. They contained a moisture-absorbing chemical and previously were believed to be safe.



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