More than 1,000,000 Acura and Honda vehicles are being recalled due to an airbag defect.
Fox Business reports that Honda Motor Company has announced plans to recall more than a million Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States. The recall is in response to a defect that can cause the airbag to explode and spray shrapnel when it is deployed.
The company says it is aware of one injury linked to the latest batch of recalled vehicles.
Honda previously recalled the same vehicles, repairing them with specific Takata brand replacement airbag inflators. Honda is urging vehicle owners who have already had their airbags replaced to check whether this latest recall applies to them.
Honda and Acura dealers will make the repairs for free.
The Honda and Acura recall applies to several models, including the Honda Pilot from 2003 to 2008, the Civic from 2001 to 2005, and the Accord from 2001 to 2007 and 2009.
To check whether your vehicle is affected, visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and search using your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
The Takata recalls deal with some 125 million vehicles worldwide that are equipped with faulty airbags that can explode on deployment, unleashing metal shrapnel into vehicle cabins. At least 42 million of the affected vehicles were sold in the United States.
So far, 23 deaths and hundreds of injuries have been linked to the faulty airbag inflators, most of which have occurred in the U.S.
The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June, allowing it to sell its non-airbag inflator business to Key Safety Systems, a unit of China’s Ningo Joyson Electric Corp.
As of July, less than half of affected vehicles had been repaired.
In February, Ford issued a “stop driving” warning to 35,000 Ford ranger and Mazda B-Series owners.
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