Faulty airbag parts prompt Honda to re-recall 1 million cars

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A type of Takata air bag inflator once thought to be safe has now come under scrutiny after a crash and explosion in the USA state of Maryland injured the driver of a Honda minivan.

A January explosion injured the arm of a person driving a 2004 Honda Odyssey.

ReutersA recalled Takata airbag inflator is shown after it was removed at the AutoNation Honda dealership service department in Miami, Florida June 25, 2015.

Automakers in the United States repaired more than 7.2 million defective Takata air bag inflators in 2018, as companies have ramped up efforts to track down parts in need of replacement.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the recall covers 1.1 million US vehicles and is to replace inflators received "either as a permanent Takata airbag inflator recall replacement or as a service part installed following a crash or problem with the airbag itself".

Honda is recalling about 1.2 million vehicles in North and Central America because their Takata air bag inflators can explode and send shrapnel into the vehicle interiors.

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A sign outside the Honda auto plant in Swindon, western England.

A number of Honda models are also being recalled including the 2001-2005 Civic, 2003-2005 Civic Hybrid, 2001-2005 Civic GX NGV, 2003-2011 Element, 2007 Fit, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2008 Pilot and 2006-2014 Ridgeline. Over 700,000 Acura and Honda cars were manufactured in Canada in 2013.

The type of inflator covered by the recall announced Tuesday "contains substantially more desiccant than other desiccated inflator types, and it appears that the excessive moisture contained in the desiccant introduced humidity into the sealed inflator during assembly, accelerating propellant degradation over time", Honda spokesman Chris Martin said in an email.

Is my Honda vehicle being recalled because of risky air bags? Honda began alerting dealers of the recall's latest expansion and said owners will begin receiving notices in the mail by April 17.

Under the terms of an agreement with the agency, Takata has until the end of this year to prove that inflators with the moisture-absorbing chemical are safe or they all will have to be recalled.

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