Honda is recalling an additional 2.2 million Honda and Acura vehicles because the driver's air bag inflators made by Takata can explode and hurl shrapnel into the passenger compartment.
The recall is a big chunk of the 5 million additional vehicles to be repaired for Takata inflator problems that U.S. safety regulators announced last month.
Honda's recall includes older model years dating to 2005, but also has some newer vehicles from as recently as the 2015 and 2016 model years.
The recall brings to about 24 million the number of vehicles recalled in the U.S. due to Takata inflator problems that have caused at least 11 deaths and 139 injuries worldwide.
Takata uses ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion that quickly inflates the air bag in a crash. But the chemical can degrade over time when exposed to heat and humidity and explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister designed to contain the explosion.
Honda said in a statement Wednesday night that no inflator ruptures of this type have been reported in any of its vehicles.
The company will notify owners by mail and replace the inflators for free with new ones made by manufacturers other than Takata. But parts won't be available until this summer, the company said.
Honda said it has told dealers to provide loaner cars for free to any customer who asks for one while waiting for replacement parts.
Replacement inflators will be sent to high-humidity areas along the U.S. Gulf Coast first, then to the rest of the country.
Affected vehicles include:
- 2001 – 2007 Accord
- 2001 – 2005 Civic
- 2001 – 2004 Civic GX (CNG)
- 2003 – 2005 Civic Hybrid
- 2002 – 2001 CR-V
- 2011 – 2015 CR-Z
- 2003 – 2011 Element
- 2010 – 2014 FCX Clarity
- 2009 – 2014 Fit
- 2010 – 2014 Insight
- 2002 – 2004 Odyssey
- 2003 – 2008 Pilot
- 2006 – 2014 Ridgeline
- 2003 3.2CL
- 2002 – 2003 3.2TL
- 2013 – 2016 ILX (early 2016 production only)
- 2003 – 2006 MDX
- 2007 – 2016 RDX (early 2016 production only)
- 2005 – 2012 RL
- 2009 – 2014 TL
- 2010 – 2013 ZDX
To check your vehicle, visit hondaairbaginfo.com.