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Honda recalls nearly 700k vehicles with airbag inflator issue

The airbag inflator could explode, causing injury or death

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American Honda Motor Co. is recalling model year 2011-2013 Acura TSX, TSX Sportswagon, ZDX, Honda Accord, Accord Crosstour, Fit, Insight and Pilot vehicles; model year 2011 Honda Civic, Civic NGV, Civic Hybrid and CR-V vehicles; and model year 2013 Honda FCX Clarity and Fit EV vehicles 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, Honda is recalling model year 2010 Acura TSX, ZDX, Honda Accord, Accord Crosstour, Civic, Civic NGV, Civic Hybrid, CR-V, Fit, Insight, and Pilot vehicles ever registered in the states of 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."

Finally, unless included in Zones A or B above, Honda is recalling model year 2009 Acura TSX, Honda Accord, Civic, Civic NGV, Civic Hybrid, CR-V, Fit, and Pilot vehicles ever registered in the states of 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 or "Zone C."

In all, 691,726 vehicles are being recalled.

These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the front airbag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment (such as after a vehicle crash necessitating replacement of the original airbags), that may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to lower absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.

An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

What to do

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin February 12, 2018.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are B0K and L0J.

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