Faulty airbag parts prompt Honda to re-recall 1 million cars

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Honda Canada wouldn't comment on this development but recommends that owners take their vehicles to the nearest Honda dealer as soon as possible to replace the component free of charge.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the recall covers 1.1 million USA vehicles and is to replace inflators received "either as a permanent Takata airbag inflator recall replacement or as a service part installed following a crash or problem with the airbag itself".

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said drivers should check their recall status at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls, noting that not all Honda and Acura vehicles that have received replacement air bags under recalls are affected by the latest recall. At least 23 people have been killed worldwide because of the defect. The ammonium nitrate can become unstable over time, particularly when exposed to high temperatures and humidity, leading to inflators that explode with an unexpectedly violent force.

The move was prompted by a January crash that injured the driver of a 2004 Honda minivan in Maryland.

"A subsequent investigation revealed that PSDI-5D inflators manufactured at Takata's Monclova, Mexico facility experienced manufacturing process errors that introduced excessive moisture into the inflator during assembly", the statement continued.

Honda said in a statement that owners will be notified by mail in early April, but replacement parts from manufacturers other than Takata are available to begin the recall immediately.

Automakers in the United States repaired more than 7.2 million defective Takata air bag inflators in 2018, as companies have ramped up efforts to track down parts in need of replacement. They contained a moisture-absorbing chemical and previously were believed to be safe.

This set of recalls is part of the largest series of automotive recalls in USA history, which includes as many as 70 million vehicles recalled.

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