By Tom Krisher, The Associated Press
A kind of Takata air bag inflator as quickly as thought-about safe has now come beneath scrutiny after a crash and explosion in Maryland injured the driving power of a Honda minivan.
The incident compelled Honda on Tuesday to recall about 1.2 million vehicles in North and Central America from the 2001 to 2016 model years that weren’t included inside the big string of Takata recalls for air bags which will hurl shrapnel into the passenger compartment.
Takata used ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion and inflate air bags in a collision. But the chemical can deteriorate when uncovered to extreme temperatures and humidity and blow apart a metallic canister, spewing out shrapnel. At least 23 people have been killed by the company’s inflators and tons of more injured.
The inflators inside the Tuesday recall comprise a moisture-absorbing chemical known as a desiccant that was added to keep up the ammonium nitrate safe. They had been believed to be safe and had been on no account part of the broader recall. They had even been used to change older inflators beneath recalls that began in 2014.
But Honda and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration talked about a crash Jan. 19, 2018 involving a 2004 Honda Odyssey initiated an investigation and Tuesday’s recall when investigators discovered that the driving power’s airbag inflator ruptured. The probe determined that inflators made at Takata’s Monclova, Mexico, manufacturing facility had been faulty as a consequence of a producing defect, Honda talked about. The driver suffered an arm harm.
NHTSA, the federal authorities’s freeway safety regulator, talked about in a press launch Tuesday that solely Honda used this specific form of Takata inflator made on the Mexican manufacturing facility. At this time, the corporate believes the Honda downside has been isolated and is introduced on by a producing problem.
The recall covers certain Honda and Acura fashions largely inside the U.S. and Canada. Included are the 2001 to 2007 and 2009 Honda Accord, the 2001 to 2005 Civic, the 2002 to 2007 and 2010 and 2011 CR-V, the 2003 to 2011 Element, the 2007 Fit, the 2002 to 2004 Odyssey, the 2003 to 2008 Pilot, and the 2006 to 2014 Ridgeline pickup. Also included are certain 2003 Acura 3.2CL vehicles, along with the 2013 to 2016 ILX, the 2003 to 2006 MDX, the 2007 to 2016 RDX, the 2002 to 2003 3.2TL, the 2004 to 2006 and 2009 to 2014 TL, and the 2010 to 2013 ZDX.
NHTSA talked about not all vehicles that obtained substitute air bag inflators are affected. Some had substitute components from totally different producers which may be safe. The firm urged owners to confirm for open recalls by keying of their 17-digit automotive identification amount on the NHTSA website online www.nhtsa.gov/recalls .
Honda talked about in a press launch that owners could be notified by mail in early April, nonetheless substitute components from producers aside from Takata could be discovered to begin the recall immediately. Honda is offering free loaner vehicles whereas vehicles are being repaired.
A NHTSA investigation into Takata air bag inflators stays open. Under the phrases of an settlement with the corporate, Takata has until the tip of this yr to point out that inflators with the moisture-absorbing chemical are safe or all of them have to be recalled.
The Takata recalls collectively are the largest sequence of automotive recalls in U.S. historic previous, with as many as 70 million inflators to be recalled by the tip of subsequent yr. About 100 million inflators are to be recalled worldwide.