Drivers Alerted As Honda Airbag Recall Expands
If you own a Honda, take note: the Honda airbag recall, which originated in November 2008, has just been expanded to include 440,000 more vehicles. The recall now affects certain 2001-2002 Honda Accords, 2001 Civics, and 2002-2003 Acura TLs.
According to Honda Motor Company, the Honda airbag recall requires the replacement of the driver’s steering-wheel-mounted airbag inflator. A potential flaw in the airbag inflator may cause the inflator’s casing to rupture and shoot metal fragments when the airbag is deployed. These fragments could inflict serious injuries or cause fatalities to the vehicle’s occupants, including any children in the car.
Although airbags cushion adult drivers in case of a crash, they are not always safe for young passengers. It has been shown that an inflating air bag can be deadly for children. Studies show that of all children killed by air bags that inflate, 27 percent were secured in rear-facing car seats. Such car seats should never be used in the passenger seat in cars that have air bags. To best protect your children, it is recommended that children under the age of 13 always sit in the rear of the car and that car seats be properly position in the rear seat.
Everyone who is a registered owner of the named vehicles will receive a recall notice in the mail over the next few months. Honda Motor Company notes that the owners of vehicles that are most likely to have the defective airbags will be first to receive notification of the Honda airbag recall. Because only certain vehicles are involved, Honda is encouraging owners of the 2001-2002 Accords, 2001 Civics, and 2002-2003 Acura TLs to wait until they receive the recall notice before making an appointment for the airbag replacement.
If you are a parent of young children and an owner of one of the vehicles in the Honda airbag recall, it is recommended that you properly secure your children in the back seat. For more information on the recall, you can visit Honda Recall Information site.
Chris Martin from Honda's Public Relations contacted via email and clarified the issue. He wrote that only the driver's side steering wheel mounted airbag is affected by this recall. Children are not in the path of the driver's side airbag. Parents always secure children in the back seat. This recall story does not involve children in any way, Martin wrote.
SOURCE: American Honda Motor Company