The Japanese based automaker Honda has recently announced its biggest recall yet which will affect 304.000 units worldwide, with 90 percent of them being in North America.
According to the manufacturer, the latest Honda recall is an expansion of recalls for the same problem in 2008, carried out in 2009 and even in 2010. The recall is now covering about 2 million vehicles worldwide and it all started from excessive moisture in the inflator propellant, which is a part of what inflates the airbag. Honda said that the latest set of defects came to light after uncovering a handling error by a supplier that allowed faulty inflators to get mixed into similar products.
“Affected driver’s airbag inflators may deploy with too much pressure, which can cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury of fatality”, as the company said in a statement. “A recall will definitely have a negative impact on Honda. Honda is behind on production due to the impact of the Japanese earthquake and the Thai floods”, added the senior manager for HIS Automotive in Tokyo, Masatoshi Nishimoto.
Honda says that 304.000 units will be affected by its latest recall and the models include the 2001 – 2002 Accord, the 2001 – 2003 Civic, the 2001 – 2003 Odyssey, the 2002 – 2003 CR-V, the 2003 Pilot, the 2002 – 2003 Acura 3.2 TK and the 2003 Acura 3.2 CL. 273.000 vehicles affected by the recall are in the U.S. 27.000 in Canada, nearly 2000 in Japan and another 2.000 in other countries.