Honda is the latest automaker to catch the recall bug as they announced Friday that they are recalling another 440,000 vehicles, including some of their best-selling Accord and Civic models, for an airbag defect. As opposed to the sometimes mundane warnings for one thing or another, this recall has the potential to cause serious injury. How serious? How does airbag projectile shrapnel to the face sound?
The potentially lethal airbag defect of concern involves the airbag inflator mechanism, which Honda says may rupture because of too much air pressure. The pain resulting from the explosion carries with it the even more upsetting possibility of causing metal fragments to slice through the cloth airbag cushion material and strike vehicle occupants. At least one fatality and six other injuries have already been linked to the defect, Honda spokesman Sage Marie said.
This recall is in addition to a previous Honda announcement that it would recall some 2001 Accord and Civic sedans for the same defect last November. The updated list of cars affected by the latest notice include some 2001 and 2002 Accords, 2001 Civics and a number of 2002 and 2003 model Acura TL sedans. The driver’s side steering-wheel airbag is the defective component on theses vehicles.
The Japanese automaker said it was encouraging owners to wait until they received a recall notice to go to a dealership and have the inflator for the steering-wheel airbag replaced. But since anything exploding in/around our face sounds mildly unpleasant, we would suggest owners of those models check to see if their vehicle is covered by the recall by going to the automaker’s Honda and Acura websites and click on the “Owner Link” to get a status of their car. Wearing a helmet might be a good idea too.