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Honda recalls over 5 million Vehicles because the air bag inflator could rupture and send out metal fragments

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSAWashington, D.C. – Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2001-2007 Accord, 2001-2005 Civic, 2002-2006 CR-V, 2003-2011 Element, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2008 Pilot, 2006 Ridgeline, 2003 Acura CL, 2003-2006 Acura MDX, and 2002-2003 Acura TL vehicles.

2010 Honda Element is one of the models in this recall.
2010 Honda Element is one of the models in this recall.

The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion and other factors, including manufacturing variability that, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.

Vehicles Information

Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Report Receipt Date: May 28th, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V320000
Component(s): Air Bags
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,100,000

Vehicle Make / Model Model Year(s)
Acura / CL 2003
Acura / MDX 2003-2006
Acura / TL 2002-2003
Honda / Accord 2001-2007
Honda / Civic 2001-2005
Honda / CR-V 2002-2006
Honda / Element 2003-2011
Honda / Odyssey 2002-2004
Honda / Pilot 2003-2008
Honda / Ridgeline 2006


In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.


Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 1st, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1.888.234.2138. Owners may contact Acura customer service at 1.800.382.2238, select option 4.

Note: Vehicles that have had their driver frontal air bag replaced previously as part of a recall remedy prior to September 12th, 2014 need to have ttheir air bag replaced under this recall as well.

Vehicles that, on or after September 12th, 2014, received a remedy for a prior driver frontal air bag inflator recall already received an inflator of a different design, and therefore are not included in this recall and do not require additional servicing.

Note: This recall fully supersedes recalls 08V-593, 09V-259, 10V-041, 11V-260, 14V-351 and 15V-153.


Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1.888.327.4236 (TTY 1.800.424.9153), or go to www.safercar.gov


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