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

  • Approximately 28,930 non-desiccated Takata front passenger airbag inflators will require replacement in Honda and Acura vehicles in Canada
  • No inflator ruptures have been reported in Honda or Acura vehicles in Canada
  • Takata inflator replacement repairs are expected to begin in the late-Summer of 2016

MARKHAM, ON – May 27, 2016 – Based on recent Defect Information Reports (16E-042, 16E-043 and 16E-044) issued by the airbag inflator supplier Takata to the NHTSA, Honda will conduct safety recalls covering approximately 4.5 million passenger airbag inflators in Honda and Acura automobiles in North America, including 28,930 vehicles in Canada. The Takata passenger front airbag inflators that do not contain a moisture absorbing desiccant will be replaced in the affected vehicles, free of charge. While this recall added no new vehicles in Canada as they were already subject to earlier Takata driver airbag inflator recalls, 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 the United States, there are approximately 2.2 million new vehicles added to the Takata inflator recalls. Honda has not received any reports of Takata inflator ruptures in Honda or Acura vehicles in Canada.

Required replacement parts may not become available until late-Summer 2016. As a result, owners of affected vehicles for which there are no immediately available replacement parts will be informed of the recall in an initial notification letter in July 2016. Once replacement parts become available, Honda will provide a second notification to owners with instructions to have their affected inflator replaced at their local authorized dealer. The most up-to-date available consumer information about this action can be obtained at www.honda.ca/recalls and www.acura.ca/recalls or by calling (877) 445-7754 for Honda owners and (877) 445-9844 for Acura owners.With this new action, a total of approximately 970,000 Honda and Acura vehicle in Canada have been or now are subject to recall for replacement of a Takata driver and/or passenger front airbag inflator.Automobile models and model years included in this recent expansion of the Takata non-desiccated passenger front inflator recall (certain specific vehicles only) are as follows:

• 2003-2004 Acura MDX

• 2003-2004 Honda Element

• 2002, 2004 Honda Odyssey

• 2004 Honda Pilot