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Honda has announced that it will be recalling approximately 2.3 million vehicles in the US equipped with faulty Takata PSDI-5 airbags. Both Honda and Acura vehicles have been included in the recall.

Fortunately, there have been no reports of new airbag inflator ruptures as yet, but faulty Takata airbags are known to have caused several deaths worldwide. Premature and incorrect airbag explosions cause shrapnel to be propelled at drivers dangerously.

Honda explains that this recall has been made based on a Defect Information Report from airbag supplier, Takata. Recalled vehicles will have their faulty airbag inflators removed and replaced with parts from an alternative supplier.

The models affected are:

  • 2005-2012 Acura RL
  • 2007-2011 Honda CR-V
  • 2007-2016 Acura RDX (early production MY 2016 vehicles only)
  • 2007-2014 Honda Ridgeline
  • 2009-2014 Honda Fit
  • 2009-2014 Acura TL
  • 2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
  • 2010-2014 Honda Insight
  • 2010-2013 Acura ZDX
  • 2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
  • 2013-2016 Acura ILX (early production MY 2016 vehicles only)

Repairs are set to begin in June 2016, and will be free of charge to vehicle owners – the sheer number of vehicles involved in the recall also means that Honda will need some time to prepare replacement parts. Affected owners will be contacted within the next 60 days, and once parts are available, a second notification will be sent as well.

Honda also says that there must be some prioritising over which vehicles get the new parts first. “The second round of notifications will prioritise older model year vehicles located in certain High Absolute Humidity regions and will expand to other areas of the country as more replacement parts become available,” it wrote.

For now, the matter appears to be limited to the US market. However, we’ve been in touch with Honda Malaysia, which is now checking to see if any Malaysian vehicles have been affected. In the US alone, the tally for Honda vehicles recalled for faulty Takata airbag inflators has now reached 8.51 million vehicles.