Honda Canada has announced that it will recall some 284,000 model year 1996 through 2003 Acura and Honda automobiles in Canada, to inspect and, if needed, replace certain Takata non-azide driver’s front airbag inflators (NADI), free of charge.
Approximately 199,000 of these vehicles were originally equipped with affected inflators and about 85,000 other vehicles may have had affected inflators installed as a service part. Free recall inspections and repairs will begin in approximately one year, as replacement parts from alternative suppliers are not yet available.
In November 2019, Takata submitted a defect information report (DIR) to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the United States, related to NADI inflators installed in multiple automakers’ vehicles. NADI inflators predate and are different from Takata non-desiccated inflators that were included in earlier airbag inflator recalls. Affected NADI inflators may have been manufactured without appropriate seals thereby allowing air and moisture to leak into the inflators over an extended period of time, causing degradation of the inflator propellant. If a recalled NADI inflator-equipped airbag with degraded propellant deploys during a crash, it may deploy too slowly or, in very rare cases, too forcefully, rupturing or exploding and throwing metal pieces of the inflator toward vehicle occupants. Either scenario could contribute to occupant injuries.
Honda is aware of one field rupture of a NADI inflator in a Honda vehicle globally. That crash, involving a 1997 Honda Civic in Texas, resulted in an injury to the driver of the vehicle. Honda promptly notified NHTSA and Takata after receiving notice of the crash in July 2016, more than three years after the 2012 event. Takata began its own investigation into the root cause, culminating in their November 2019 DIR. Honda Canada notified Transport Canada on Friday January 17th in regards to this information.
Initial mailed notification to owners of recalled vehicles will begin in March 2020 with a second notice planned when replacement parts become available. Additionally, owners of the vehicle models listed below can determine if their vehicles will require recall service by going to www.honda.ca/recalls or by calling 1-877-445-7754 for Honda automobiles or www.acura.ca/recalls or by calling 1-877-445-9844 for Acura automobiles.
Automobile models and model years included in this recall (certain specific vehicles only):
• 1997-1999 Acura CL
• 2001-2002 Acura CL
• 1997-2000 Acura EL
• 1998-2003 Acura RL
• 1999-2001 Acura TL
• 2001-2002 Acura MDX
• 1998-2000 Honda Accord
• 1996-2000 Honda Civic
• 1997-2001 Honda CR-V
• 1998 Honda Odyssey
• 1999-2001 Honda Odyssey