Vehicles Affected: Approximately 2.4 million model-year 1997-99 and 2001-02 Acura CL coupes; model-year 2001-02 MDX SUVs; model-year 1998-2003 RL sedans; model-year 1999-2001 TL sedans; and model-year 1998-2000 Honda Accord coupes and sedans; model-year 1996-2000 Civic coupes and sedans; model-year 1997-2001 CR-V SUVs; model-year 1998-2001 Odyssey minivans; and model-year 1997-98 EV Plus electric cars
The Problem: Manufactured without appropriate seals, airbag inflators with non-azide propellant, or NADI, may allow air and moisture to leak into the inflators over an extended period, causing propellant degradation. If an airbag with degraded propellant deploys during a crash, it may deploy too slowly or, in rare cases, too forcefully, rupturing and throwing metal pieces of the inflator toward vehicle occupants. Either scenario could contribute to occupant injuries.
Though these airbag inflators were manufactured by Takata, this recall is unrelated to the better-known crisis that has plagued automaker lineups for most of the past decade. NADI inflators predate the non-desiccated ammonium-nitrate propellant that was at the root of the larger Takata recall. This latest action is related to a December recall affecting some 1.4 million vehicles for a similar problem involving NADI Takata airbag inflators.
Honda said it is aware of three ruptures globally, one of which was in the U.S.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect and, if needed, replace certain Takata driver-side front airbag inflators manufactured with non-azide propellant for free. Honda said free recall inspections and repairs will begin in roughly a year as replacement parts from alternative suppliers are not yet available.
What Owners Should Do: Honda will begin notifying owners in mid-March, with a second notice planned once replacement parts become available. Owners can call the automaker at 888-234-2138, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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