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Statement by American Honda Regarding Expanded Recall of Takata Non-desiccated Passenger Front Airbag Inflators

  • Some 2.2 million additional Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. will become subject to a new recall calling for the free replacement of a total of approximately 4.5 million non-desiccated Takata front passenger airbag inflators (this vehicle total excludes vehicles also subject to prior Takata inflator recalls)
  • Free recall repairs are expected to begin in late-Summer 2016 for automobiles and late-Fall for motorcycles
  • Approximately 2,700 Honda Gold Wing motorcycles with optional airbags installed will also be recalled to replace Takata non-desiccated airbag inflator modules

2006 civic

Based on recent Defect Information Reports (16E-042, 16E-043 and 16E-044) from the airbag inflator supplier, Takata, Honda will conduct recalls (16V-344 and 16V-346) covering approximately 4.5 million Honda and Acura automobiles in the United States to replace, free of charge to vehicle owners, Takata passenger front airbag inflators that do not contain a moisture absorbing desiccant. Excluding the number of vehicles subject to the earlier Takata airbag inflator recalls, approximately 2.2 million additional Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. will become subject to recall as a result of this action.

No new driver front airbag inflators in Honda or Acura automobiles will be subject to recall in this action, as all potentially affected driver inflators are already subject to prior recalls. However, some vehicles previously repaired under earlier driver front inflator recalls will now require replacement of those vehicles’ passenger front inflators under this new action.

In addition, approximately 2,700 Honda Gold Wing Airbag motorcycles from the 2006-2010 model years will be recalled (16V-347) to replace Takata non-desiccated airbag inflator modules installed on those vehicles. There have been no Takata airbag inflator ruptures involving Honda motorcycles globally, and this recall is the first to include inflators installed on Honda motorcycles. For more information about the history of motorcycle airbags, please visit

Required replacement parts may not become available until late-Summer 2016 for automobiles and late-Fall 2016 for motorcycles. As a result, owners of affected vehicles for which there are no immediately available replacement parts may be informed of the recall in an initial notification letter within 60 days. Once replacement parts become available, Honda will send a second notification letter to owners with instructions to pursue repair at their local authorized dealer.

The most up-to-date available consumer information about this action can be obtained at or by calling (888) 234-2138 for automobile customers. The list of specific vehicle identification numbers (VIN) for the automobiles to be included in this recall has not yet been determined. Therefore, a VIN search at our websites or NTHSA’s recall site is not possible yet for this action. We anticipate that concerned owners of the affected automobile models will be able to accurately search their vehicles’ recall status on these sites beginning on June 6, 2016. Motorcycle customers can currently search at or they can call (866) 784-1870 for Honda motorcycle recall information.

With this new action, a total of approximately 10.7 million Honda and Acura automobiles have been or now are subject to recall for replacement of a Takata driver and/or passenger front airbag inflator in the United States, with approximately 2,700 Honda motorcycles subject to recall for the replacement of the Takata airbag inflator module.

Automobile models and model years included in the first stage of this recent expansion of the Takata non-desiccated passenger front inflator recall (certain specific vehicles only):

  • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2005-2011 Acura RL
  • 2009-2011 Acura TSX
  • 2010-2011 Acura ZDX
  • 2008-2011 Honda Accord
  • 2010-2011 Honda Accord Crosstour
  • 2006-2011 Honda Civic
  • 2005-2011 Honda CR-V
  • 2003-2011 Honda Element
  • 2010-2011 Honda FCX Clarity
  • 2007-2011 Honda Fit
  • 2010-2011 Honda Insight
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-2011 Honda Pilot
  • 2006-2011 Honda Ridgeline

Motorcycle models and model years included in the first phase of this recent expansion of the Takata non-desiccated airbag inflator recall (certain specific vehicles only):

  • 2006-2010 Honda Gold Wing Airbag

Statement by American Honda Regarding Expansion of Nationwide Recall of Certain Takata Passenger Front Airbag Inflators

  • Nationwide recall of passenger front airbag inflators expands to include approximately 127,000 inflators in 2003-2004 CR-V vehicles not previously subject to recall or safety improvement campaign
  • No change to national recall of driver front airbag inflators
  • Honda’s national Takata airbag inflator recall repair completion rate is 47.1%

Recall pic

Honda announced today that it will expand a national recall (15V-370) to replace, free of charge, Takata passenger front airbag inflators installed in certain 2003-2004 CR-V models sold in the United States following a recent defect determination by Takata, the airbag inflator supplier. This expansion will add approximately 127,000 passenger front airbag inflators not previously subject to either a recall or safety improvement campaign.

Approximately 78,000 of the affected 2003-2004 CR-V vehicles included in existing passenger front airbag inflator recalls and Honda’s voluntary safety improvement campaigns (14V-353 and 14V-700) will also transition into the new recall. The same free repair – replacement of the passenger front airbag inflator – will be completed under the new national action. This updated recall (15V-370) now includes approximately 3.4 million passenger front airbag inflators now requiring replacement in this action.

Models now included in 15V-370 (certain specific vehicles only):

  • 2003-2007 Honda Accord
  • 2001-2005 Honda Civic
  • 2002-2004 Honda CR-V (all 2002 and certain 2003 CR-V previously included)
  • 2003 Honda Element
  • 2002-2003 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003 Honda Pilot
  • 2003 Acura MDX

NOTE: Today’s announcement does not alter the nature or scope of the national driver front airbag inflator recall that was announced on May 28, 2015.

Honda has sufficient replacement parts suspplies to begin recall repairs of the added vehicles immediately, nationwide. Mailed notification to registered owners of vehicles affected by this recall will occur within 60 days. The most-updated available consumer information about this action can be obtained at and or by calling (888) 234-2138.

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American Honda continues to urge owners of Honda and Acura vehicles affected by the Takata airbag inflator recalls to get their vehicles repaired at authorized dealers as soon as possible. Vehicle owners can check their vehicles’ recall status for Honda owners or for Acura owners or by calling their authorized dealer.

Toyota Recalls More Than 1 Million Vehicles

Toyota announced that is recalling more than one million vehicles, an expansion of a recall from last year, because of potentially faulty air bags. That number would include about 766,000 vehicles here in the United States.

The faulty air bags were manufactured by Takata Motor Corporation and Honda is looking into whether or not it will also need to issue a recall.

Toyota Recalls 1.3 Million Vehicles

For two separate defects, Toyota is recalling about 1.3 million vehicles. One recall includes 752,000 Corollas and Corolla Matrixes for airbags that could deploy inadvertently.

The unexpected airbag deployment has caused minor injuries in 18 reported cases, and two accidents were caused by the defect in Japan.

According to this article, “An IC chip in the airbag control unit can malfunction when it receives electrical interference from other parts in the car, causing the airbags to deploy when it is not necessary, Toyota spokesman Naoto Fuse said.”

Separately, Toyota is recalling 385,000 in its Lexus IS series because of problems with the wiper blades.

“The wiper arm nut of the front wiper in these vehicles may not be tight enough and the wiper may not work under certain weather occasions, including in snow.”

Read the complete Reuters article for more details on the recall and how these problems add to Toyota’s recent safety problems, including the settlement for vehicles that may or may not have accelerated unintentionally.