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Approx. 1.6 million Honda and Acura cars are recalled to replace potentially deadly Takata front passenger airbag inflators.
On Friday, Honda announced its fifth and final phase of planned recalls, six months before the plan set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"Honda announces this recall to encourage each owner of an affected vehicle to plan repair at an authorized dealer as soon as possible," the company said in a statement on Friday. "Replacement parts are available, ranging from alternative suppliers, to initiating free recall repairs immediately, and a free rental car is available to the vehicle owner for the day of the recall repair or longer if a replacement part is temporarily unavailable."
The recall includes many Honda and Acura models from 2003 to 2015. All received replacement blowers made by Takata before February 2017, and were scheduled to be recalled one more time to replace those with inflators made by another company.
Takata airbag recall has hit almost all major car manufacturers and forced the Japanese company to bankruptcy in July 2017.
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Airbags were made with the chemical ammonium nitrate and were exposed to explode on deployment, potentially throwing burning shrapnel to passengers. Four hundred people have been killed and hundreds injured by inflators all over the world.
When the last recall has been made, Honda says it will have recalled or released 22.6 million inflators of about 12.9 million cars.
Affected Honda models include 2001-2012 Accord, 2010-2015 Crosstour, 2001-2011 Civic, 2002-2011 CR-V, 2011-2015 CR-Z, 2003-2011 Element, 2007-2014 Fit, 2010-2014 Insight, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2015 Pilot and 2006-2014 Ridgeline. Acura models include 2003 3.2 CL, 2013 ILX, 2003-2006 MDX, 2015 RDX, 2005-2012 RL, 2002-2003 3.2TL, 2009-2014 TL, TSX 2009-2014, and 2010 -2013 ZDX.
The scandal garment airbag maker Takata Corp. Filed for bankruptcy in Delaware and Japan late Sunday, June 25, after paying over $ 1 billion in fines for the largest car security recall in US history.
Owners of the recalled vehicles are expected to receive a notified message beginning in mid-August 2019.
Car owners can check if their vehicles are affected in the recall now at www.recalls.acura.com and www .recalls.honda.com or by calling 888-234-2138.
All Honda Gold Wing motorcycles equipped with defective inflators were included in previous recalls and still eligible for repair, Honda said in the statement. Motorcycle customers can check the revocation status at www.powersports.honda.com/recalls or by calling 866-784-1870.
Learn more about the recall at www.hondaairbaginfo.com.
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