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According to The Detroit Free Press, Honda is about to issue yet another recall for around 1 million vehicles in the US and Canada due to defective and potentially deadly Takata airbag inflators. That's not even the worst part. Turns out the affected vehicles, which date back as far as 2001 and as recent as 2010, were already recalled once. Regulators in Canada claim the vehicles about to be recalled include those that were previously recalled and had their airbags replaced.
Others had their airbags replaced following collisions. It appears the replaced inflators need to be replaced again. As of this writing, Honda has not commented but an announcement is expected shortly. Owners will be instructed to bring their vehicles to Honda dealers to have the inflators replaced again.
The list of affected models so far includes the 2001 to 2007 Honda Accord, 2002 to 2006 CR-V, 2001 to 2005 Civic, 2003 to 2010 Element, 2002 to 2004 Odyssey, 2003 to 2008 Pilot, and the Ridgeline from 2006. Honda's luxury brand, Acura, is also included and those models are the 2003 to 2006 MDX, 2001 to 2005 EL, 2002 to 2003 TL, and the CL from 2003.
Canadian safety regulators claim around 84,000 vehicles are affected in the country, but that figure is more than 10 times higher in the US. The Takata recall has been the largest automotive recall in history with as many as 70 million affected from a number of major brands, including Honda, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota.
At least 23 people have died worldwide from inflator-related problems and hundreds more were seriously injured. The problem resulted from Takata using a chemical called ammonium nitrate to create the small explosion need to inflate airbags. Problem is, this chemical can deteriorate over time because of high humidity and temperature changes. The chemical then burns too fast and blows apart the metal canister it's contained in, sending shrapnel into drivers and passengers.