A defect with airbags made by supplier Takata has caused recalls in certain Honda, Nissan, and Mazda models. This recall concerns possibly defective inflator propellant that may cause the airbags to deploy with too much pressure. This recall is an expansion of an April 2013 recall of vehicles equipped with Takata airbags, as recent NHTSA investigations have shown that this defect may be present in additional vehicles not included in the previous recalls. The recall is also expanded to include certain vehicles in high-humidity environments, as the investigation showed that humidity and moisture can be a factor in the airbag defect.
We don’t yet know when replacement parts will be available from Takata, so the timeline of this recall process is unclear.
Honda does not yet have specific numbers on recalled vehicles, but a spokesperson for the company said that more than 2 million vehicles in the U.S. will be involved in this recall. Honda is aware of one injury involving a driver’s front airbag, but has no other reports of injuries or fatalities related to this defect.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the passenger’s side airbag inflator free of charge.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the passenger’s side airbag inflator in vehicles registered or sold in high-humidity states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas.
2001-2007 Honda Accord 4-cylinder, 2001-2002 Honda Accord V-6, 2001-2005 Honda Civic, 2002-2006 Honda CR-V, 2003-2011 Honda Element, 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey, 2003-2007 Honda Pilot, 2006 Honda Ridgeline, 2003-2006 Acura MDX, 2002-2003 Acura TL and CL
The Fix: Dealers will replace the driver’s side airbag inflator in vehicles registered or sold in high-humidity states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas.
Nissan has identified certain U.S. models that will be recalled for the passenger’s side front airbag inflator defect, but has not yet identified which models will be included in the high-humidity-related defect that will include vehicles in Hawaii and Florida. The company does not yet have specific numbers about how many vehicles are potentially affected.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the passenger’s side front air bag inflators free of charge to owners.
Mazda is only recalling vehicles registered or sold in Florida and Hawaii, as the company says it is continuing to work with Takata and NHTSA to find out more information about possible incidents and how they relate to the airbag defect. Mazda has one report of a driver injury as a result of airbag deployment.
2003-2007 Mazda 6; 2004-2008 Mazda RX-8; 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed 6; 2004 Mazda MPV
The Fix: Mazda dealers will replace the driver’s side and/or passenger’s side airbag inflators free of charge to owners.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Approximately 34,600 Mazda vehicles in Florida and Hawaii, as well as in Puerto Rico.