On Monday, Honda stated that it was adding another 1 million vehicles to the Takata air bag recall. These air bags are recalled due to the airbags ability to explode with too much force. The expansion is including just over a million 2001 to 2005 Civics and 2003 to 2007 Accords. These two models are Honda’s number 2 and number 3 top selling cars for 2015.
A couple of weeks ago, Honda announced it was recalling 350,000 vehicles in high humidity regions, which was expanded to the entire nation by demand of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A drivers side recall was already announced in 2014.
The air bag inflators contain ammonium nitrate propellant that can burn up too quickly, causing an explosion of a metal canister, sending shrapnel into any drivers and passengers. This airbag explosion is responsible for at least 7 deaths and over 100 injuries.
A Louisiana woman died April 9th, 2015 due to a defective airbag inflator. Honda has confirmed that this is the 7th death caused by the airbags.
In May, Takata admitted to the government that many of its products are defective. They agreed to double the number of airbags being recalled to 33.8 million, making the Takata airbag recall the largest auto recall in the United States.
The full recall covers driver and passenger side air bags in 11 different automakers. The NHTSA as well as the auto makers and Takata are still investigating exactly what causes the inflators to explode.