Honda will voluntarily recall 17 units of 2016 model-year CR-V vehicles in Canada to replace the driver front airbag module, free of charge. None of the affected vehicles were sold to customers in Canada prior to dealer notification to stop sales of the affected vehicles. No injuries or market occurrences have been reported related to this issue, which involves a weakness in the airbag inflator casing that was discovered during inflator quality testing at the supplier, Takata.
A Takata driver’s front airbag inflator ruptured on October 10, 2015 during a Lot Acceptance Test (LAT) at a Takata plant in Monclova, Mexico. Honda initiated actions to trace airbag modules containing inflators from the same lot as the failed inflator so that affected parts and vehicles could be quarantined. Honda has been communicating with Takata and the U.S. government (NHTSA) about this incident. Takata is performing an ongoing investigation into the cause of the rupture. Takata’s preliminary analysis suggests that the defect in the airbag inflators of the affected CR-V vehicles does not appear to be similar to the defect in other Takata airbag inflators that have led to inflator ruptures in vehicles produced by Honda or other manufacturers. In those airbag inflators, the aging of the inflator propellant and exposure to high heat and high absolute humidity are believed to play a central role.
All affected vehicles in Canada will be repaired prior to sale.