On Tuesday, Honda Motors announced it will recall about 1.1 million Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. over issues of defective Takata airbags on the driver’s sides. The recall was occasioned by a Honda Odyssey crash where the front airbag deployed and injured the driver’s arm.
Previously, the recalled vehicles were repaired using specific Takata desiccated replacement inflators (PSDI-5D) or entire replacement airbag modules containing these inflators. But an investigation revealed that manufacturing issues at Takata’s Mexico facility introduced excessive moisture into the inflator during assembly, leading to the problem.
Free repairs would begin with immediate effect with replacement parts being made by other suppliers.
This recall is not the first of its kind as automakers in the U.S. have repaired more than 7.2 million defective Takata air bag inflators in 2018. The companies have now ramped up efforts to track down parts in need of replacement.
According to the company, the total number of recalled inflators is expected to be around 21 million in about 12.9 million Honda and Acura vehicles that have been subject to recall for replacing Takata front airbag inflators in the United States.