Honda has issued a nationwide recall of 2.23 million Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. to replace a defective airbag inflator on the driver’s side. The issue with the PSDI-5 inflators was raised in a recent Defect Information Report issued by the manufacturer and supplier of the parts, a Japanese company named Takata. The recall affects certain vehicles among the following models:
2005-2012 Acura RL
2007-2011 Honda CR-V
2007-2016 Acura RDX (early production model year 2016 vehicles only)
2007-2014 Honda Ridgeline
2009-2014 Honda Fit
2009-2014 Acura TL
2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
2010-2014 Honda Insight
2010-2013 Acura ZDX
2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
2013-2016 Acura ILX (early production model year 2016 vehicles only)
The recalled inflators will be replaced by Honda with parts from an alternative supplier starting in the summer of 2016, when the necessary replacement materials become available. As of yet, the automaker has received no reports of ruptures of the PSDI-5 inflator.
Owners of vehicles that are affected by the recall will be sent an initial notification letter within 60 days. They will then received a second letter once the replacement parts are available, which will detail instructions on having the issue repaired at their local dealership. Older vehicles and those in high-humidity regions will be given first priority.
With this latest recall, approximately 8.51 million Honda or Acura vehicles in the U.S. have required replacement of a Takata driver and/or passenger front airbag inflator. But they’re not the only company who has been impacted by defective airbag inflators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that other automakers, including Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Saab and Volkswagen, will be recalling vehicles for a similar issue.