Honda recalls more than 5 million vehicles with air bag issue

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The air bag inflator could rupture

Honda is recalling 5.1 million 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.

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

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

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

Vehicles that, on or after September 12, 2014, received a remedy for a prior driver front 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.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 1, 2015.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138.

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