Honda expands airbag defect recall to include vehicles in California

Honda expands airbag defect recall to include vehicles in California

Luxury carmaker Honda, one of eight automakers entangled in the recalls of vehicles equipped with Takata airbags, has expanded its recall to include thousands of vehicles in California.

Honda expanded its recall by 500,000 to 1 million vehicles in California, bringing the total number of vehicles recalled to around 3 million.

The faulty airbags in question can burst with too much force in an emergency like crash. When the bags rupture in that manner, they can spew metal chunks, injuring the driver and other occupants of the vehicle. According to a previous notice by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a technical glitch in the airbags could generate excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to shatter upon deployment.

The list of vehicles in the expanded recall includes model year 2003-2005 Honda Accords, Acura MDX, Civics, CR-Vs, Pilots, Elements, 2005 Acura RLs, and Odysseys from model years 2003-2004.

In addition, the recall was expanded to 2001-2007 Accords equipped with four-cylinder engines, 2001-2002 Accords equipped with V-6 engines, 2001-2005 Civics, 2002-2006 CR-Vs, 2003-2011 Elements, 2002-2004 Odysseys, 2003-2007 Pilots, 2006 Ridgelines, 2003-2006 Acura MDXs and 2002-2003 Acura TLs and CLs.

Previously, the recalls were announced in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, Texas and the U. S. Virgin Islands.

Since the airbag glitch first came to light in 2013, eight automakers, including Honda, BMW, Mazda, Toyota and Nissan, have recalled more than 7.6 million vehicles to replace the potentially faulty airbags.

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