The Takata airbag inflator scandal which began in 2013 does not seem to be completely going away soon for other brands, but not anymore for Honda.
The automaker recently announced that its latest recall of 1.6 million vehicles in the United States will be the last batch of vehicles it will be pulling out of the market due to the Takata issue.
A statement released by the company states that it has completed its recalls six months ahead of the initial schedule. The automaker also said that over the last few months, it has “recalled or accounted for 22.6 million inflators in about 12.9 million vehicles,” which is 83% of the parts in question.
Honda has one of the highest rates of vehicles involved in the recall due to faulty Takata airbag inflators, with some vehicles even being recalled twice due to the replacement parts – also made by Takata – being defective.
This time, however, Honda assures customers that the company has ordered new inflators from other suppliers and that the company has enough replacement parts to cover all affected vehicles. It also announced that owners will be given a free loaner car while their cars are being repaired.
The whole Takata airbag inflator issue began six years ago due to a moisture-absorbing material called a desiccant. When the first batch of recalls brought about by defective inflators was announced, it was revealed that the airbags lacked desiccants that could offset the amount of ammonium nitrate used. When exposed to humidity, the inflators could fail and blow out shrapnel instead of the inflated airbag. Multiple injuries and fatalities have been reported to be caused by the parts.
In 2017, Takata applied for bankruptcy and its assets were sold to fellow supplier, Key Safety Systems.
Honda models affected by the recall include the Accord, Crosstour, Civic, CR-V, CR-Z, Element, Fit, Insight, Odyssey, Pilot, and Ridgeline. Meanwhile, its sister brand, Acura, issued recalls on the 3.2CL, ILX, MDX, RDX, RL, 3.2TL, TL, TSX, and ZDX.