American Honda Motor Co. is recalling a total of 308,884 vehicles with an airbag inflator issue.
Included are model year 2005-2006 Acura MDX and Honda CR-V vehicles, 2005-2011 Honda Elements, 2005-2012 Acura RLs, 2006-2012 Honda Ridgelines, 2007-2008 Honda Fits and 2005-2008 Honda Pilots 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 2005-2006 Acura MDX and Honda CR-V vehicles, 2005-2009 Acura RLs and Honda Elements, 2007-2008 Honda Fit, 2005-2008 Honda Pilots and 2006-2009 Honda Ridgelines 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 A" or "Zone B," Honda is recalling 2005-2006 Acura MDX and Honda CR-V vehicles, 2005-2008 Acura RLs, Honda Elements and Honda Pilots, 2007-2008 Honda Fits and 2006-2008 Honda Ridgelines 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 certain 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 air bag 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 KD9 and KE0.