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Old 02-10-2010, 08:49 AM   #1
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News Honda recalls 379,000 cars for airbag hazard

By Julianne Pepitone[/email], staff reporterFebruary 9, 2010: 6:55 PM ET


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Honda announced it is expanding a previously announced recall to replace an airbag inflator in an additional 379,000 U.S. vehicles.
In a statement posted on its Web site late Tuesday, Honda said the driver's airbag inflators in these certain vehicles may expand with too much pressure, which can cause the inflator casing to break and could result in injury or death.

The original recall involving this issue happened in July 2009, and it included 2001 and 2002 Accords and Civics as well as some 2002 model year Acura TL vehicles, a Honda spokesman told CNNMoney.com.

The recall expansion affects 2001 and 2002 Accord, Civic, Odyssey, CR-V, and selected 2002 Acura TL vehicles, the statement said. Honda said there have been 12 incidents related to the airbag inflator problem.

One Honda Pilot car and one Acura CL vehicle may also be affected, the spokesman said.
Although none of the reported problems occurred after July 2009, Honda said it was still expanding the recall because it could not be sure that the inflators in the aforementioned vehicles would work correctly.

Honda said it will notify affected customers by mail and phone with instructions on how to have their vehicles inspected and updated at an authorized dealer. The entire production of each of the models in question is not necessarily included in the recall.
Last month, Honda announced a separate recall of 646,000 2007 and 2008 Fit, City and Jazz models worldwide, after a fire hazard involving a power window switch resulted in a death in South Africa.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:34 AM   #2
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Not good. Inflator over-pressurization can be nasty. I'd bet this is a Takata issue. Especially if it's tied to the last recall this past year.
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I had a friend in an accident where the airbag deployed and kept deploying until it outright exploded. Burned her face and neck pretty badly. Fairly minor accident; the airbag caused the worst damage.
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I've got a recall car. off to the dealership I go!
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quick stop the presses! The sky is falling! Oh wait, this isn't a Toyota thread. NVM
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^^ incorrectly exploding airbags are a bad thing. I don't think anyone here is over-reacting.
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I had a friend in an accident where the airbag deployed and kept deploying until it outright exploded. Burned her face and neck pretty badly. Fairly minor accident; the airbag caused the worst damage.
What do you mean "kept deploying"? Every airbag inflator burns all the propellent it has when it deploys and the entire process is done in less than a 100 milliseconds. They can adjust the rate at which the gas is produced, but no matter how fast or slow the rate is, it still completes in 100 milliseconds.

And yes, while these burns suck, they beat the hell out of hitting the steering column and other sources of rapid deceleration. And you try to make something that activates and reaches full readiness in a tenth of a second... things get a little hot sometimes.
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how convenient of honda to issue a recall under the radar of toyotas fall.
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