The largest auto recall in history has expanded yet again. In the latest development, Honda has recalled 1 million autos due to a defective part that was used in replacing faulty air bags.
In other words, it’s a re-recall. Many Honda vehicles covered by the new recall were previously repaired because of a potentially fatal defect in Takata air bags. With the backlog, people may be forced to drive their vehicles until the new danger can be fixed. Is your vehicle on the recall list?
At least one person has been injured by the faulty replacement part
On Mar. 12 Honda announced it will recall more than 1 million cars due a defect in an air bag inflator. The faulty part was installed as part of the massive recall of Takata air bags. The defective inflator can explode in a crash, causing injury or death from metal shrapnel.
In January, a Maryland driver was injured when the driver-side air bag inflator ruptured on his 2004 Honday Odyssey van. The van’s airbags had been repaired in 2015 as part of the worldwide Takata recall. To date, more than 37 million vehicles with the potentially faulty air bags have been recalled. Millions of owners are still waiting to have their airbags replaced.
Hondas are at greatest risk for catastrophic air bag failure
Virtually every major automaker has been involved in the Takata recall. But the defect has hit Honda owners the hardest. Worldwide, 25 people have been killed and hundreds injured by exploding air bag components – 17 of those deaths involved Honda and Acura models. Numerous auto defect lawsuits have been filed in those cases.
Ignoring recall notices is risky. There are still thousands and thousands of old Hondas on the road that were subject to the original recall but never repaired. The new defect may prove to be just as dangerous and it should be taken care of as soon as possible. (Note: not all Hondas that had their air bags replaced are subject to the new recall.)
Is your vehicle on the list?
You can find out if your car — Honda or any other make — is subject to recall, by plugging your 17-character VIN (vehicle identification number) into the government’s recall database.