Seven months after it began as a regional issue, pressure by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has expanded a current regional Honda recall nationally because of faulty driver’s side airbags.
According to the NHTSA, the air bags, made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp., can explode with too much force. As a result: metal shrapnel be can forced into the passenger compartment.
The Honda recall list was posted on the NHTSA ate last month. It includes: 2001 – 2007 Honda Accord; 2001 – 2005 Honda Civic; 2002 – 2006 Honda CR-V; 2003 – 2011 Honda Element; 2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey; 2003 – 2007 Honda Pilot; 2006 – Honda Ridgeline; 2003 – 2006 Acura MDX; 2002 – 2003 Acura TL/CL; 2005 – Acura RL
Takata insists current recalls covering eight million U.S. cars in high-humidity areas are sufficient.
Rick Schosteck, Honda’s executive vice president for North America, told House lawmakers Wednesday Honda will expand the regional recall it began in June, but will continue to prioritize high-humidity areas.
He also said Honda is working with other air bag manufacturers to make sure it has enough parts.
Drivers can find out if their vehicles are part of the recall by using a search tool on SaferCar.gov. The recall ID is 14V351.