Over the past 7 years, 17 million vehicles with defective airbags have been recalled by Takata Corp, who manufactures for over 10 automakers, such as Honda. At the slightest accident the airbags deploy with excessive force and irregular reports of shrapnel. One such incident caused a severely damaged hand, a broken eye socket and fractures, while the vehicle had only sustained a crack in the bumper. Despite the faulty part and due to the present law requiring the vehicle to be within a 10-year ownership mark, the vehicle was labeled "too old" to be included in the recall.
Honda recently announced the recall of 833,000 additional vehicles to repair defective airbags that could deploy with too much force during a collision.
In its description of the defect to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Honda said that "the driver's airbag inflator could produce excessive internal pressure. If an affected airbag deploys, the increased internal pressure may cause the inflator rupture. Metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material possibly causing injury or fatality to vehicle occupants."
According to media reports, Honda has implicated the defect in 12 incidents, including 1 death.
The vehicles recalled in the latest roundup include the following models: