Honda Motor says it overlooked more than 100,000 vehicles in the U.S. with flawed air bag systems made by Takata. The Japanese automaker's newest recall adds to the more than 5.4 million Honda vehicles the company called back last year over defective air bag inflators that can explode.
The new recall covers 104,871 Honda Accord sedans from the 2001 model year, 2004 Honda Civic compacts and 2008 Honda Pilot sport utility vehicles, according to a document dated March 18 and posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. Honda says it added the vehicles after discovering they weren’t properly identified as having been produced for the U.S. market.
Takata, based in Tokyo, is one of the largest producers of auto safety equipment in the world and has had a close supplier relationship with Honda for decades. As a result, the Japanese carmaker is by far the most affected by Takata's air bag problem. The flaw has been linked to at least six deaths and dozens of injuries around the world.
In February, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a $14,000-per-day civil fine against Takata for not fully cooperating with NHTSA in its ongoing investigation of the company’s defective components.
NHTSA says Takata dumped a “deluge” of 2.4 million documents related to the air bags on regulators’ laps without explaining their significance. Meanwhile, Takata is still working to produce enough replacements for about 12 million cars in the U.S. that have the defective component.
Last year, automakers issued a record 803 U.S. automotive safety recalls covering 63.95 million vehicles.
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-- Over 374,000 Honda Odyssey minivans (model years 2003 and 2004) and 2003 Acura MDX midsized crossovers, for an electrical problem that can cause air bags and seat belt pretensioners to deploy inadvertently.
-- One hundred and thirty-seven 2014 and 2015 Honda Accord sedans and 2015 CR-V crossovers, to tighten connecting rod bolts that could loosen and cause the engine to stall while the vehicle is in motion. The improperly torqued bolts could also cause oil to leak on hot engine exhaust components, posing a fire risk.
Click here for a previously published list of Toyota U.S. auto safety recalls from Jan. 1 to March 5 or click here for Toyota’s recall database.
Click here for a previously published list of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) U.S. auto safety recalls from Jan. 1 to March 5 or click here for FCA's recall database.