DETROIT – Honda will probably remember about 1 million older vehicles in the United States and Canada because the Takata driver's airbag pumps that were installed during previous recalls could be dangerous.
Documents released on Monday by Canadian security regulators show that Honda
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fetch many of their most popular models for once. The models are from as far back as 2001
Canadian documents say 84,000 cars are involved. This number is usually over 10 times higher in the United States.
Affected models include the Honda Accord from 2001 to 2007, CR-V from 2002 to 2006, the Civic from 2001 to 2005, the Element from 2003 to 2010, the Odyssey from 2002 to 2004, the Pilot from 2003 to 2008 and the Ridgeline from 2006. Also the tire is Acura luxury models, including MDX from 2003 to 2006, EL from 2001 to 2005, TL from 2002 and 2003 and CL from 2003.
Transport Canada, the country's transport security agency, said the vehicles covered include those that were under previous recalls and others which had airbags replaced after collisions.
Takata used the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate the airbags. But the chemical can deteriorate over time due to high humidity and cycles from hot temperatures to cold. It can burn too fast and blow apart a metal capsule, which flushes into the driver of drivers and passengers.
At least 23 people have died from the problem worldwide, and hundreds more were injured.
The recall is part of the largest series of automotive recalls in American history. As many as 70 million will be recalled.
Honda spokesman Chris Martin did not want to give details on Monday night, but said the company was communicating with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration "and is planning to issue a public statement tomorrow." Messages were abandoned after opening hours Monday seeking comment from NHTSA.
Owners will be told to bring their vehicles to dealers to get inflators replaced.