Honda is expanding an earlier recall for a faulty airbag inflator that could deploy with too much pressure, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is a serious defect that has resulted in one fatality since the recall was announced in 2008; it was expanded in July 2009 and again in February 2010.
The fatality prompted the company to investigate more models, and today Honda added some 2001-03 Honda and Acura models that need to be checked.
Although the newly added models weren’t originally equipped with the defective airbag sensor, some of the vehicles may have inadvertently received it during collision repairs or other vehicle service repairs.
Recalled models now include the 2001 and 2002 Honda Accord and Civic; 2002 Honda Odyssey; 2002 and 2003 Honda CR-V; selected 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL; and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL vehicles. This raises the total number of recalled vehicles to about 833,000.
Honda will notify owners later this month. Owners can bring their vehicles to dealers for repairs as soon as they receive the letter. Dealers will replace the airbag inflator for free. Owners may contact Honda at 800-999-1009, or Acura at 800-382-2238, or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236. Honda also has a recall website for owners and so does Acura.