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Honda Begins Final Phase of Takata Non-desiccated Airbag Inflator Recall Six Months Ahead of NHTSA Schedule

  • Phase 5 to occur ahead of NHTSA schedule due to significant Acura and Honda repair progress on existing recalls and adequate replacement parts supplies to repair all affected models
  • Prior to this expansion, Honda’s overall Takata inflator recall completion rate was 83.0%, including yearly scheduled recall expansions since May 2016
  • Since Phase 5 primarily includes Takata non-desiccated replacement inflators used in early recall repairs, the total number of recalled Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. does not change significantly with this action

In the fifth and final phase of planned recalls announced by NHTSA in May 2016, Honda will conduct recalls covering approximately 1.6 million Honda and Acura automobiles in the United States to replace, for free, Takata replacement front airbag inflators that do not contain a moisture absorbing desiccant. With this final action, taken six months ahead of NHTSA’s schedule, Honda has now recalled all Takata non-desiccated airbag inflators installed in Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States.

The inflators included in Phase 5 were used as replacement parts during early Takata airbag inflator recall repairs or were part of whole airbag modules replaced for other reasons prior to February 2017. Excluding vehicles subject to the earlier Takata driver airbag inflator recalls, only 59 additional Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. will become subject to a Takata airbag inflator recall for the first time because of this action.

Honda decided to take this action early, ahead of NHTSA’s planned expansion date in late December 2019, because it has made significant progress with existing recall repairs (83.0% completion rate as of 6/7/2019). The company also has adequate replacement parts, all from alternative suppliers, to repair all affected Acura and Honda models, including those in the expanded population. Thus, owners of affected vehicles should seek repair immediately at authorized Honda and Acura dealers.

In addition, all Honda Gold Wing motorcycles equipped with defective inflators in the U.S. were included in earlier recalls and remain eligible for repair. There have been no Takata airbag inflator ruptures involving Honda motorcycles globally. For more information about the history of Honda motorcycle airbags, please visit http://world.honda.com/MotorcycleAirbag/history/.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage each owner of an affected vehicle to schedule repair at an authorized dealer as soon as possible. Replacement parts are available, all from alternate suppliers, to begin free recall repairs immediately, and a free rental car is available to the vehicle owner for the day of the recall repair or longer if a replacement part is temporarily unavailable. Mailed notification to owners of recalled vehicles will begin in mid-August 2019. Automobile owners may also check their vehicles’ recall status now at www.recalls.acura.com and www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138. Motorcycle customers can check recall status at www.powersports.honda.com/recalls or they can call (866) 784-1870 for Honda motorcycle recall information.

Since this recall primarily involves replacement inflators installed in vehicles previously subject to recall, the total number of Honda and Acura vehicles affected by Takata recalls does not change significantly with this action. The total number of recalled inflators does rise to approximately 22.6 million in approximately 12.9 million Honda and Acura automobiles that have been or now are subject to recall for replacement of a Takata driver and/or passenger front airbag inflator in the United States. In addition, approximately 4,540 Honda Gold Wing motorcycles are subject to recall for the replacement of the Takata airbag inflator module. No motorcycle products are involved in the recall announced today.

More Airbag Inflator Recall Information, including a detailed fact sheet can be found here: www.hondaairbaginfo.com.

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Honda Begins Final Phase of Takata Non-desiccated Airbag Inflator Recall Six Months Ahead of NHTSA Schedule

  • Phase 5 to occur ahead of NHTSA schedule due to significant Acura and Honda repair progress on existing recalls and adequate replacement parts supplies to repair all affected models
  • Prior to this expansion, Honda’s overall Takata inflator recall completion rate was 83.0%, including yearly scheduled recall expansions since May 2016
  • Since Phase 5 primarily includes Takata non-desiccated replacement inflators used in early recall repairs, the total number of recalled Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. does not change significantly with this action

In the fifth and final phase of planned recalls announced by NHTSA in May 2016, Honda will conduct recalls covering approximately 1.6 million Honda and Acura automobiles in the United States to replace, for free, Takata replacement front airbag inflators that do not contain a moisture absorbing desiccant. With this final action, taken six months ahead of NHTSA’s schedule, Honda has now recalled all Takata non-desiccated airbag inflators installed in Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States.

The inflators included in Phase 5 were used as replacement parts during early Takata airbag inflator recall repairs or were part of whole airbag modules replaced for other reasons prior to February 2017. Excluding vehicles subject to the earlier Takata driver airbag inflator recalls, only 59 additional Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. will become subject to a Takata airbag inflator recall for the first time because of this action.

Honda decided to take this action early, ahead of NHTSA’s planned expansion date in late December 2019, because it has made significant progress with existing recall repairs (83.0% completion rate as of 6/7/2019). The company also has adequate replacement parts, all from alternative suppliers, to repair all affected Acura and Honda models, including those in the expanded population. Thus, owners of affected vehicles should seek repair immediately at authorized Honda and Acura dealers.

In addition, all Honda Gold Wing motorcycles equipped with defective inflators in the U.S. were included in earlier recalls and remain eligible for repair. There have been no Takata airbag inflator ruptures involving Honda motorcycles globally. For more information about the history of Honda motorcycle airbags, please visit http://world.honda.com/MotorcycleAirbag/history/.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage each owner of an affected vehicle to schedule repair at an authorized dealer as soon as possible. Replacement parts are available, all from alternate suppliers, to begin free recall repairs immediately, and a free rental car is available to the vehicle owner for the day of the recall repair or longer if a replacement part is temporarily unavailable. Mailed notification to owners of recalled vehicles will begin in mid-August 2019. Automobile owners may also check their vehicles’ recall status now at www.recalls.acura.com and www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138. Motorcycle customers can check recall status at www.powersports.honda.com/recalls or they can call (866) 784-1870 for Honda motorcycle recall information.

Since this recall primarily involves replacement inflators installed in vehicles previously subject to recall, the total number of Honda and Acura vehicles affected by Takata recalls does not change significantly with this action. The total number of recalled inflators does rise to approximately 22.6 million in approximately 12.9 million Honda and Acura automobiles that have been or now are subject to recall for replacement of a Takata driver and/or passenger front airbag inflator in the United States. In addition, approximately 4,540 Honda Gold Wing motorcycles are subject to recall for the replacement of the Takata airbag inflator module. No motorcycle products are involved in the recall announced today.

More Airbag Inflator Recall Information, including a detailed fact sheet can be found here: www.hondaairbaginfo.com.

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Statement by American Honda Regarding Expanded Recall of Takata Non-desiccated Passenger Front Airbag Inflators

  • Some 2.2 million additional Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. will become subject to a new recall calling for the free replacement of a total of approximately 4.5 million non-desiccated Takata front passenger airbag inflators (this vehicle total excludes vehicles also subject to prior Takata inflator recalls)
  • Free recall repairs are expected to begin in late-Summer 2016 for automobiles and late-Fall for motorcycles
  • Approximately 2,700 Honda Gold Wing motorcycles with optional airbags installed will also be recalled to replace Takata non-desiccated airbag inflator modules

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Based on recent Defect Information Reports (16E-042, 16E-043 and 16E-044) from the airbag inflator supplier, Takata, Honda will conduct recalls (16V-344 and 16V-346) covering approximately 4.5 million Honda and Acura automobiles in the United States to replace, free of charge to vehicle owners, Takata passenger front airbag inflators that do not contain a moisture absorbing desiccant. Excluding the number of vehicles subject to the earlier Takata airbag inflator recalls, approximately 2.2 million additional Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. will become subject to recall as a result of this action.

No new driver front airbag inflators in Honda or Acura automobiles will be subject to recall in this action, as all potentially affected driver inflators are already subject to prior recalls. However, some vehicles previously repaired under earlier driver front inflator recalls will now require replacement of those vehicles’ passenger front inflators under this new action.

In addition, approximately 2,700 Honda Gold Wing Airbag motorcycles from the 2006-2010 model years will be recalled (16V-347) to replace Takata non-desiccated airbag inflator modules installed on those vehicles. There have been no Takata airbag inflator ruptures involving Honda motorcycles globally, and this recall is the first to include inflators installed on Honda motorcycles. For more information about the history of motorcycle airbags, please visithttp://world.honda.com/MotorcycleAirbag/history/

Required replacement parts may not become available until late-Summer 2016 for automobiles and late-Fall 2016 for motorcycles. As a result, owners of affected vehicles for which there are no immediately available replacement parts may be informed of the recall in an initial notification letter within 60 days. Once replacement parts become available, Honda will send a second notification letter to owners with instructions to pursue repair at their local authorized dealer.

The most up-to-date available consumer information about this action can be obtained at www.recalls.honda.com andwww.recalls.acura.com or by calling (888) 234-2138 for automobile customers. The list of specific vehicle identification numbers (VIN) for the automobiles to be included in this recall has not yet been determined. Therefore, a VIN search at our websites or NTHSA’s recall site is not possible yet for this action. We anticipate that concerned owners of the affected automobile models will be able to accurately search their vehicles’ recall status on these sites beginning on June 6, 2016. Motorcycle customers can currently search at www.powersports.honda.com/recalls or they can call (866) 784-1870 for Honda motorcycle recall information.

With this new action, a total of approximately 10.7 million Honda and Acura automobiles have been or now are subject to recall for replacement of a Takata driver and/or passenger front airbag inflator in the United States, with approximately 2,700 Honda motorcycles subject to recall for the replacement of the Takata airbag inflator module.

Automobile models and model years included in the first stage of this recent expansion of the Takata non-desiccated passenger front inflator recall (certain specific vehicles only):

  • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2005-2011 Acura RL
  • 2009-2011 Acura TSX
  • 2010-2011 Acura ZDX
  • 2008-2011 Honda Accord
  • 2010-2011 Honda Accord Crosstour
  • 2006-2011 Honda Civic
  • 2005-2011 Honda CR-V
  • 2003-2011 Honda Element
  • 2010-2011 Honda FCX Clarity
  • 2007-2011 Honda Fit
  • 2010-2011 Honda Insight
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-2011 Honda Pilot
  • 2006-2011 Honda Ridgeline

Motorcycle models and model years included in the first phase of this recent expansion of the Takata non-desiccated airbag inflator recall (certain specific vehicles only):

  • 2006-2010 Honda Gold Wing Airbag

Statement by American Honda Regarding Expansion of Nationwide Recall of Certain Takata Passenger Front Airbag Inflators

  • Nationwide recall of passenger front airbag inflators expands to include approximately 127,000 inflators in 2003-2004 CR-V vehicles not previously subject to recall or safety improvement campaign
  • No change to national recall of driver front airbag inflators
  • Honda’s national Takata airbag inflator recall repair completion rate is 47.1%

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Honda announced today that it will expand a national recall (15V-370) to replace, free of charge, Takata passenger front airbag inflators installed in certain 2003-2004 CR-V models sold in the United States following a recent defect determination by Takata, the airbag inflator supplier. This expansion will add approximately 127,000 passenger front airbag inflators not previously subject to either a recall or safety improvement campaign.

Approximately 78,000 of the affected 2003-2004 CR-V vehicles included in existing passenger front airbag inflator recalls and Honda’s voluntary safety improvement campaigns (14V-353 and 14V-700) will also transition into the new recall. The same free repair – replacement of the passenger front airbag inflator – will be completed under the new national action. This updated recall (15V-370) now includes approximately 3.4 million passenger front airbag inflators now requiring replacement in this action.

Models now included in 15V-370 (certain specific vehicles only):

  • 2003-2007 Honda Accord
  • 2001-2005 Honda Civic
  • 2002-2004 Honda CR-V (all 2002 and certain 2003 CR-V previously included)
  • 2003 Honda Element
  • 2002-2003 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003 Honda Pilot
  • 2003 Acura MDX

NOTE: Today’s announcement does not alter the nature or scope of the national driver front airbag inflator recall that was announced on May 28, 2015.

Honda has sufficient replacement parts suspplies to begin recall repairs of the added vehicles immediately, nationwide. Mailed notification to registered owners of vehicles affected by this recall will occur within 60 days. The most-updated available consumer information about this action can be obtained at www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.

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American Honda continues to urge owners of Honda and Acura vehicles affected by the Takata airbag inflator recalls to get their vehicles repaired at authorized dealers as soon as possible. Vehicle owners can check their vehicles’ recall status atwww.recalls.honda.com for Honda owners or www.recalls.acura.com for Acura owners or by calling their authorized dealer.

Our Perspectives: Takata Inflator Recall Update

Honda is making steady progress in our continued effort to reach as many customers affected by Takata airbag inflator recalls as possible, and to rapidly repair their vehicles. Yet, with so many customers still needing to bring their vehicles in for repair, we continue to initiate new outreach activities.

In recent months, Honda and Acura dealers across the United States have replaced upwards of 24,000 Takata airbag inflators on a daily basis. In total, more than 3.5 million defective Takata inflators have now been replaced.

As of October 5, our national recall repair completion rate stands at 38.6%. Moreover, in high absolute humidity zones, areas believed to pose the greatest risk of inflator rupture, our recall repair completion rate is 41%.i

To put these numbers in context, we recently analyzed 14 different recall campaigns with a combined volume of more than eight million vehicles. And while we see completion rates of up to 80 percent for vehicles in the first year of ownership, we found that the percentage declines with each passing year, to around 33 percent in the 9th and 10th year of ownership. So, considering the scale of this recall and the age of the vehicles involved, we are making good progress.

But with millions of vehicles still in need of repair, we must do more. And with additional replacement inflator supplies from Daicel, Autoliv and TRW now readily available, we are well positioned to manage incoming demand.

By the end of July, at least one mailed notification, and in many cases several, had been sent to each and every registered owner of affected Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States. We’ve also made millions of direct and automated phone calls, in addition to a myriad of other outreach actions.

Despite the risks involved, experience has shown us that many customers, particularly owners of older model vehicles, do not always respond to these calls-to-action. So, to continuously reinforce the need to act, we are consistently looking for and using creative strategies to reach customers, including the following:

  • This week, we initiated a new round of print, digital and radio advertising in select, test markets. The goal is to evaluate the effectiveness of these efforts to rapidly raise mass awareness, locally.
  • We have found that social media is an effective way to raise awareness, as users comment and share posts with their friends and family members who drive affected vehicles. So, we are in the process of initiating a new wave of sponsored, customized Facebook posts targeting individual affected owners that mention the model owned by each identified user.
  • Honda Customer Relations continues to respond quickly to thousands of customer questions and concerns each day. In October, Honda’s Customer Service Twitter account (@HondaCustSvc) changed its banner image to raise attention to Takata airbag inflator recalls, and pinned a Tweet explaining how to quickly check a vehicle for open recalls online.

Across Honda, we’ve mobilized and provided nearly 30,000 U.S. associates with materials to help them raise awareness among their own friends and family. This campaign has resulted in a significant number of additional repairs to date.

With the understanding that word of mouth communication is effective, please join us in urging the public to continuously check their vehicles for open recalls, and if necessary, to take immediate action to complete the repair.

Bruce T. Smith
Senior Vice President
Parts, Service, Technical, Export & Auto Operations
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

An important note: Honda continues to urge owners of Honda and Acura vehicles affected by the Takata airbag inflator recalls to get their vehicles repaired at an authorized dealership as soon as possible. The authorized dealership will make appropriate repairs at no charge to the customer. If there is a delay in repairing an affected vehicle, Honda and Acura dealers are authorized to provide a free loaner or rental vehicle until the recall repair can be completed. Honda and Acura owners can check their vehicles’ recall status atwww.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.

Summary of Affected Honda & Acura Models (certain specific vehicles only):

  • 2001-2007 Honda Accord
  • 2001-2005 Honda Civic
  • 2002-2006 Honda CR-V
  • 2003-2011 Honda Element
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-2008 Honda Pilot
  • 2006 Honda Ridgeline
  • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2002-2003 Acura TL
  • 2003 Acura CL
  • 2005 Acura RL

Statement of Rick Schostek, Executive Vice President, Honda North America before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

“Ranking Member Nelson and members of the committee. My name is Rick Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America, based in Marysville, Ohio.

I appreciate the opportunity to update the committee regarding the efforts made by Honda with respect to the recall of Takata airbag inflators since my last appearance before this committee over seven months ago.

Let me begin by acknowledging that in the past two weeks we have confirmed that two more customers lost their lives – one in September 2014 and the other in April of this year – as a result of Takata airbag inflator ruptures that have occurred in our older model vehicles. This is heartbreaking, and a painful reminder to us of the reason we continue to urgently accelerate our actions to repair the affected vehicles. But of course the real pain is experienced by the families of the victims. We sincerely apologize to them, and extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathies.

We are working very hard to solve this problem. During the past few months, we have been accelerating our efforts to repair vehicles at a level unprecedented in the history of our company.

This is a reflection of the deep commitment our company has undertaken to notify our customers and to increase the supply of replacement inflators available for repairs.

Over and above the required mailed notification to affected customers, we have pursued new and creative ideas and methods to encourage our customers to check their vehicle identification number and recall status in order to increase the rate of response to recall notifications.

We have enhanced our general recalls website and created a new microsite dedicated to this issue to keep our customers informed and to make it easy for them to check their vehicles for open recalls. And our Customer Relations department is set up to receive calls from customers seven days a week.

Honda also voluntarily initiated a bi-lingual regional advertising campaign in March to implore customers to repair their vehicles. This campaign of radio commercials and full-page newspaper ads, represented behind me, was designed to grab the attention of customers in the nine states and two U.S. 2 territories that experience the most consistently high temperatures and absolute humidity and to encourage them to immediately check for open recalls and safety improvement campaigns.

We also are using social media channels in a targeted way – including via Facebook, with good success. Let me add, Mr. Chairman, that whenever we issue a news release or statement on this matter, we specifically request that the news media help us spread the word by directing customers to our recall websites, so they can look up their VIN and get their vehicle repaired. We have appreciated the news media’s assistance with this effort.

To accelerate the safety actions and increase the supply of airbag inflators, Honda proactively began searching for alternative supply solutions to more quickly facilitate repairs of our older model vehicles. This effort led to agreements with Daicel, Autoliv and TRW Automotive to provide us with replacement parts in addition to Takata.

As a result of this proactive effort by Honda and the actions taken by our dealers, in recent weeks, we are averaging more than 50,000 repairs per week. We have asked our dealers to expand service hours and to never turn away a customer with an affected vehicle. And we require dealers to check the VIN for every vehicle that comes into their dealership. To support this policy, in February we initiated a new system that alerts dealers whenever their staff fails to check the VIN of a car brought in for service to see if it has an open recall.

We also have reinforced with our dealers Honda’s firm policy to provide affected customers with a loaner or rental car free of charge while their vehicle is being repaired or if they are waiting for a replacement part to be delivered. All dealers are authorized to make a vehicle available to a customer without prior approval from Honda. We have been actively monitoring the availability of loaner and rental cars and engaging with our dealers to ensure that they offer such vehicles so we can meet our customers’ needs.

Further, to prevent the possibility that any Takata airbag inflators under recall can be used as a replacement part, we’ve been searching salvage yards nationwide to find and secure recalled inflators. We have already identified many thousands of inflators from salvage yards that now never will be installed in another vehicle.

In some markets, we have enlisted a special investigative firm as part of our effort to contact hard-to-reach owners of older model vehicles affected by the Takata airbag inflator recalls.

Mr. Chairman, for many reasons, it is particularly difficult to locate the owners of older vehicles and get the vehicles repaired. When I testified last November, I suggested that we find a way to tie the annual state vehicle registration process to a requirement that safety defects be addressed before completion of vehicle 3 registration. Subsequently, Ms. Stephanie Erdman, who was injured by a Takata inflator rupture and who also appeared before this committee last fall, joined me in writing an Op Ed in Automotive News in support of the idea of such a registration requirement.

We continue to believe that there is substantial promise with this approach. I want to thank Senators Markey and Blumenthal for introducing S.617, the Repairing Every Car to Avoid Lost Lives Act – the “RECALL” Act. I recognize that there are a number of issues about this concept that require further discussion. But I am convinced that this is the single most significant step we can take to achieve what we all want to accomplish, and that is a 100 percent repair rate. Our company stands ready to work with the Congress to help find a path forward.

Even as we look at new, long-term solutions to improve recall completions, we remain focused on the needs of our customers today. And we are fully mobilized on the effort to complete the recalls and safety improvement campaigns associated with Takata airbag inflators.

Again, I very much appreciate the opportunity to appear before the committee today, and I will be happy to address your questions. Thank you.

American Honda continues to urge owners of Honda and Acura vehicles affected by the Takata airbag inflator recalls to get their vehicles repaired at authorized dealers as soon as possible. Vehicle owners can check their vehicles’ recall status at www.recalls.honda.com for Honda owners or www.recalls.acura.com for Acura owners or by calling their authorized dealer.

Statement by American Honda Regarding Nationwide Recall of Certain Takata Passenger Front Airbag Inflators

  • Nationwide recall of passenger front airbag inflators in 2001-2005 Civic and 2003-2007 Accord will add approximately 1.39 million inflators not previously subject to recall or safety improvement campaign
  • No change to national recall of driver front airbag inflators announced on May 28

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Honda today announced that it will initiate a national recall to replace, free of charge, Takata passenger front airbag inflators installed in certain 2001-2005 Civic and 2003-2007 Accord models sold in the United States following a recently announced defect determination by Takata. The recall will add 1.39 million passenger front airbag inflators not previously subject to either a recall or safety improvement campaign.

In its preliminary announcement on May 28, Honda stated that it would recall a more limited population of vehicles. That announcement, which was based on the specific regional nature of the defect determination made by Takata, indicated that approximately 350,000 additional passenger front airbag inflators would be added to inflators included in an earlier regional action (14V-700). However, the NHTSA subsequently interpreted the Takata defect determination as requiring a national recall and directed Honda to conduct a national recall. As a result, based on the Takata defect determination and the NHTSA’s subsequent directive, Honda decided to conduct a national recall that will include approximately 1.39 million inflators not previously subject to recall or safety improvement campaign (this includes the estimated 350,000 inflators mentioned in the preliminary announcement). According to currently available information, this results in a total of approximately 2.3 million passenger front airbag inflators now requiring replacement in this action.

Importantly, approximately 915,000 of the affected Civic and Accord vehicles included in existing passenger front airbag inflator recalls and Honda’s voluntary safety improvement campaigns (13V-132, 14V-349, 14-353 and 14V-700) will transition into the new recall. The same free repair – replacement of the passenger front airbag inflator – will be completed under the new national action.

NOTE: Today’s announcement does not alter the nature or scope of the national driver front airbag inflator recall that also was announced on May 28, 2015.

Mailed notification to registered owners of vehicles affected by this recall will occur within 60 days. The most-updated available consumer information about this action can be obtained at www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or by calling (800) 999-1009 for Honda owners or (800) 382-2238 for Acura owners, and selecting option 4.

Statement by American Honda Regarding Nationwide Recall of Certain Takata Passenger Front Airbag Inflators

  • Nationwide recall of passenger front airbag inflators in 2001-2005 Civic and 2003-2007 Accord will add approximately 1.39 million inflators not previously subject to recall or safety improvement campaign
  • No change to national recall of driver front airbag inflators announced on May 28

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Honda today announced that it will initiate a national recall to replace, free of charge, Takata passenger front airbag inflators installed in certain 2001-2005 Civic and 2003-2007 Accord models sold in the United States following a recently announced defect determination by Takata. The recall will add 1.39 million passenger front airbag inflators not previously subject to either a recall or safety improvement campaign.

In its preliminary announcement on May 28, Honda stated that it would recall a more limited population of vehicles. That announcement, which was based on the specific regional nature of the defect determination made by Takata, indicated that approximately 350,000 additional passenger front airbag inflators would be added to inflators included in an earlier regional action (14V-700). However, the NHTSA subsequently interpreted the Takata defect determination as requiring a national recall and directed Honda to conduct a national recall. As a result, based on the Takata defect determination and the NHTSA’s subsequent directive, Honda decided to conduct a national recall that will include approximately 1.39 million inflators not previously subject to recall or safety improvement campaign (this includes the estimated 350,000 inflators mentioned in the preliminary announcement). According to currently available information, this results in a total of approximately 2.3 million passenger front airbag inflators now requiring replacement in this action.

Importantly, approximately 915,000 of the affected Civic and Accord vehicles included in existing passenger front airbag inflator recalls and Honda’s voluntary safety improvement campaigns (13V-132, 14V-349, 14-353 and 14V-700) will transition into the new recall. The same free repair – replacement of the passenger front airbag inflator – will be completed under the new national action.

NOTE: Today’s announcement does not alter the nature or scope of the national driver front airbag inflator recall that also was announced on May 28, 2015.

Mailed notification to registered owners of vehicles affected by this recall will occur within 60 days. The most-updated available consumer information about this action can be obtained at www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or by calling (800) 999-1009 for Honda owners or (800) 382-2238 for Acura owners, and selecting option 4.

Our Perspectives: Plain Speaking on the Takata Defect Announcement

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Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a formal defect determination by Takata related to front airbag inflators installed in vehicles from more than 10 automakers.

While the headlines that followed focused on the millions of vehicles potentially involved, regrettably, most drivers are still unable to determine if their own car is included. I would like to set the record straight about the impact of this latest announcement on Honda and Acura owners, and the actions we are taking to meet their needs.

Honda has initiated several recalls and safety improvement campaigns related to Takata airbag inflators over the past six months. As a result, the vast majority of Honda and Acura vehicles impacted by last week’s announcement were already covered by past recalls or safety improvement campaigns. In fact, many of these vehicles have already been repaired – we’ve replaced nearly two-million inflators since 2013, most of those in the last nine months alone. Thus, no new driver’s side airbag inflator recalls will be added.

We will, however, add approximately 350,000 vehicles to the existing passenger airbag inflator recall, bringing the total number of Honda and Acura vehicles recalled – inclusive of driver and passenger – to approximately 6.28 million. No Honda or Acura vehicles model year 2012 or later have been recalled.

Despite the additions, we remain committed to repairing vehicles at a rate unprecedented in our company’s history. We now have four suppliers who are manufacturing replacement parts: Autoliv, Daicel, Takata and TRW. Due to a significant effort involving our dealers, in recent weeks, we have averaged more than 50,000 repairs per week and have cut the total number of backordered replacement inflators in half, eliminating the backorder altogether for some models.

For any affected owner who does experience a delay, Honda and Acura dealers continue to offer alternative transportation at no cost. More than 60,000 such customers have received loaner or rental vehicles since May 2014.

The specific VINs associated with the approximately 350,000 vehicles we are adding are in the process of being identified, verified and uploaded, so customers should continue checking their vehicles’ current recall status by visitingwww.recalls.honda.com for Honda owners or www.recalls.acura.com for Acura owners. Customers may also call 1-800-999-1009 for Honda or 1-800-382-2238 for Acura, and press option 4. It may be a few weeks before all vehicles are uploaded, so customers are urged to continue checking.

Please know that Honda is working diligently, on many fronts, to determine a root cause associated with Takata airbag inflator ruptures. The safety of our customers remains our top priority, and we will not rest until this matter is fully resolved.

Overall Summary of All Models Affected by One or More Takata Airbag Inflator recall or SIC (certain specific models only):

  • 2001-2007 Honda Accord
  • 2001-2005 Honda Civic
  • 2002-2006 Honda CR-V
  • 2003-2011 Honda Element
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-2008 Honda Pilot
  • 2006 Honda Ridgeline
  • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2002-2003 Acura TL
  • 2003 Acura CL
  • 2005 Acura RL

Statement by American Honda Regarding Takata Airbag Inflator Recalls

  • Approximately 350,000 vehicles1 to be added to the prior passenger airbag inflator recall
  • Vehicles previously covered by voluntary national driver airbag inflator Safety Improvement Campaigns (14V-351 and 15V-153) will transition into a formal recall with no new additional vehicles requiring repair

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Honda will add approximately 350,000 vehicles to its recalls of Takata airbag inflators in the United States following a recently announced defect determination by Takata. However, most of the vehicles deemed at risk in Takata’s defect determination report were already subject to previous voluntary actions taken by Honda, including a national Safety Improvement Campaign (SIC) for driver front airbag inflators and a passenger front airbag inflator recall that was focused on regions with specific environmental conditions.

It may take several weeks for Honda to determine the specific list and the final count of additional Honda and Acura vehicles included in the initial recall population of passenger side airbag inflators identified by Takata, but the mailed notification to registered owners will occur within 60 days, as required. Honda is announcing this action today to encourage owners to take their vehicles to an authorized Honda or Acura dealer for repair once they are able to confirm that their vehicle is included in one of these actions.

In a blog post on hondanews.com (http://bit.ly/1KpMivT), American Honda senior vice president of Parts, Service, Technical, Export & Auto Operations, Bruce Smith commented: “The vast majority of Honda and Acura vehicles impacted by last week’s announcement were already covered by past recalls or safety improvement campaigns. In fact, many of these vehicles have already been repaired – we’ve replaced nearly two-million inflators since 2013, most of those in the last nine months alone.”

Passenger Front Airbag Inflator Recall Expansion
Honda will expand the number of vehicles affected by the existing November 2014 passenger airbag inflator recall (NHTSA No. 14V-700) in the United States to include approximately 350,000 Civic vehicles from the 2005 model year and Accord vehicles from the 2006-2007 model years. While some 2005 Civic models were previously included, no Accord vehicles from the listed model years were included in the previous action. Honda has not received any claims of passenger airbag inflator rupture in these model year vehicles. The same free repair – replacement of the passenger front airbag inflator – will be completed on these additional vehicles.

The passenger front airbag inflator recall initially has been limited to areas2 of the U.S. and its territories that experience consistent levels of high absolute humidity, based on the nature of Takata’s defect determination. If Takata or the NHTSA later determine that a defect exists in additional vehicles or in other areas, Honda will expand this action as required to help ensure the safety of its customers.

Driver’s Front Airbag Inflator Recall Transition
In December 2014, Honda initiated a voluntary national Safety Improvement Campaign (14V-351) to replace driver front airbag inflators in certain 2001 through 2011 Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States. That action was later expanded to include 2008 Pilot models (15V-153). As a result of the defect determination made by Takata, Honda will transition these same vehicles, already eligible for a free repair under the voluntary SICs, into a formal recall — with no new additional vehicles requiring repair.

Honda expects to have specific vehicle information about the vehicles added to the passenger airbag inflator recall available online, through dealers and by phone through Honda and Acura customer service after June 15. We encourage any concerned owner to check their vehicle status now and again after that date. Consumer information about recalls can be obtained at www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or by calling (800) 999-1009 for Honda owners or (800) 382-2238 for Acura owners, and selecting option 4.

Summary of models affected by one or more Takata airbag inflator recall or SIC (certain specific models only):

  • 2001-2007 Honda Accord
  • 2001-2005 Honda Civic
  • 2002-2006 Honda CR-V
  • 2003-2011 Honda Element
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-2008 Honda Pilot
  • 2006 Honda Ridgeline
  • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2002-2003 Acura TL
  • 2003 Acura CL
  • 2005 Acura RL