Honda Recalls Nearly 1.3 Million Vehicles to Fix Takata Airbags

Honda recalls more Takata airbags to replace the metal inflators at risk of exploding.

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— Honda is recalling nearly 1.3 million vehicles to replace Takata airbag inflators, with some of those for vehicles already included in prior Takata airbag recalls.

The automaker says the recall involves Takata airbag inflators that don't contain a desiccant, a chemical used to absorb moisture. It's moisture that is the main enemy of ammonium nitrate, the propellant used to deploy the airbags in a crash.

Due to age, heat and humidity, the metal airbag inflators can explode and send hot sharp pieces of metal into vehicle occupants.

  • 2005-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2005-2006 Honda CR-V
  • 2005-2011 Honda Element
  • 2005-2012 Acura RL
  • 2006-2012 Honda Ridgeline
  • 2007-2008 Honda Fit
  • 2005-2008 Honda Pilot

Honda says the vehicles above need new passenger-side airbag inflators if the vehicles were originally sold or ever registered in these Zone A areas:

Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Additionally, if not included in Zone A above, these vehicles are recalled in Zone B locations:

  • 2005-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2005-2006 Honda CR-V
  • 2005-2009 Acura RL
  • 2005-2009 Honda Element
  • 2007-2008 Honda Fit
  • 2005-2008 Honda Pilot
  • 2006-2009 Honda Ridgeline

Zone B areas include the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Separately, Honda says if not included in Zone A or Zone B, the automaker is recalling the following:

  • 2005-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2005-2006 Honda CR-V
  • 2005-2008 Acura RL
  • 2005-2008 Honda Element
  • 2005-2008 Honda Pilot
  • 2007-2008 Honda Fit
  • 2006-2008 Honda Ridgeline

The passenger airbag inflators will be replaced if the vehicles were originally sold or ever registered in these areas:

Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Honda doesn't know when the recall will begin, but concerned owners may call 888-234-2138 and ask for information about recall numbers KD9 and KE0.

Another 977,700 vehicles are recalled to replace Takata passenger inflators, but again, everything is broken down by Zones.

  • 2009-2012 Acura TSX
  • 2011-2012 Acura TSX Wagon
  • 2010-2012 Acura ZDX
  • 2008-2012 Honda Accord
  • 2010-2012 Honda Accord Crosstour
  • 2010-2012 Honda Insight
  • 2009-2012 Honda Fit
  • 2009-2012 Pilot
  • 2007-2011 Honda CR-V
  • 2012 Honda FCX Clarity
  • 2006-2011 Honda Civic
  • 2006-2011 Civic Hybrid
  • 2006-2011 Civic NGV

Those vehicles need repaired if they were originally sold or ever registered in these Zone A areas:

Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Additionally, if not included in Zone A above, Honda is recalling the following:

  • 2009 Acura TSX
  • 2009 Honda Fit
  • 2009 Honda Pilot
  • 2008-2009 Honda Accord
  • 2006-2009 Honda Civic
  • 2006-2009 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2006-2009 Honda Civic NGV
  • 2007-2009 Honda CR-V

The above Honda and Acura vehicles will be repaired if they were originally sold or ever registered in these Zone B states:

Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

More vehicles are recalled if they aren't included in Zone B above:

  • 2008 Honda Accord
  • 2006-2008 Honda Civic
  • 2006-2008 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2006-2008 Honda Civic NGV
  • 2007-2008 Honda CR-V

Honda says the vehicles must have been originally sold or ever registered in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Honda doesn't know when the recall will begin, but with questions, owners should call 888-234-2138 and ask for information about recall numbers KE1 and KE2.

With this latest announcement, Honda has now recalled about 11.4 million vehicles to replace Takata airbags, and this latest recall even includes airbags for 2006-2009 and 2012 Honda Gold Wing motorcycles. Although no Honda motorcycle airbags have exploded, the same can't be said for Honda passenger vehicles in the U.S. and overseas.

To date, the vast majority of deaths and injuries from ruptured Takata airbags have occurred in Honda cars. The disaster caused the automaker to take extreme measures to convince customers to get their cars repaired, including by sending employees to knock on the doors of customers.

Owners with questions should call 888-234-2138 or visit www.recalls.honda.com  or www.recalls.acura.com.