Takata’s faulty inflators force Honda to expand its recall campaign in North America by adding 2.23 million more vehicles, the automaker announced this week.
The number of vehicles affected by Takata’s defective airbags keeps climbing, as recall campaigns over the issue are being announced on a weekly basis. After Honda said at the start of the week that 269,000 models in Canada would have go back to dealers for replacing potentially faulty inflators, the automaker just issued another action, expanreding its recall in North America to some late-model vehicles equipped with the infamous airbags. Honda said certain Acura and Honda vehicles from model years 2005-2016 have being identified with potential problems at PSDI-5 driver-side inflators, adding another 2.23 million cars to the campaign. The Japanese supplier admitted to US safety regulators two weeks ago that about 3.9 million PSDI-5 airbags sold to several different vehicle manufacturers could rupture and cause serious injury. 6 million Hondas have been so far affected by recalls over Takata’s explosive inflators in the United States.
Separately, in another announcement not related to Takata’s issue, Honda also said this week it would recall 341,000 model years 2008-2010 Accord sedans in the United States to replace an electric control unit used in its restraint system, after confirming two injuries linked to the units. This move was unavoidable because moisture can affect the units, which can result in the possibility of airbags not deploying in the event of a crash.