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Honda recalls nearly 1 million vehicles with airbag inflator issue

The airbag inflator may rupture, resulting in injury or death

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American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 977,708 vehicles with airbag inflator issues.

Included are model year 2009-2012 Acura TSX; 2011-2012 Acura TSX Wagon; 2010-2012 Acura ZDX; 2008-2012 Honda Accord; 2010-2012 Honda Accord Crosstour and Honda Insight; 2009-2012 Honda Fit; 2009-2012 Pilot; 2007-2011 Honda CR-V; 2012 Honda FCX Clarity; and 2006-2011 Honda Civic, Civic Hybrid, Civic NGV vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A."

Additionally, if not included in "Zone A,” Honda is recalling certain 2009 Acura TSX, Honda Fit and Pilot; 2008-2009 Honda Accord; 2006-2009 Civic, Civic Hybrid and Civic NGV; and 2007-2009 Honda CR-V vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B."

Further, if not included in "Zone B," Honda is recalling certain 2008 Honda Accord; 2006-2008 Honda Civic, Civic Hybrid and Civic NGV; and 2007-2008 Honda CR-V vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

These vehicles are equipped with airbag inflators assembled as part of the passenger front airbag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front airbags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

What to do

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger side airbag inflator, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are KE1 and KE2.

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