By on January 12, 2017

Airbags

Ford and Honda are putting more than one million additional vehicles down on the list of recall-worthy products with potentially deadly Takata airbag inflators.

Announced late on Tuesday, Honda Motor Company is recalling roughly 772,000 additional Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States for defective front passenger seat airbag  inflators made by Japanese parts supplier. Not to be outdone, Ford is recalling over 816,000 units within the whole of North America for the very same reason.

In case you’ve missed our ongoing coverage of the perilous safety device, Takata supplied automakers with tens of millions of defective airbags that can explode in a crash and fling shrapnel throughout the interior of the car — not unlike a grenade. The faulty airbags have already been attributed to the deaths of 10 Honda passengers and one unlucky Ford owner.

The recent recalls cover the 2006-2009 and 2012 Ford Fusion, Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ. Mustangs from the 2005-2009 and 2012 model years are also subject, as is the 2007-2009 Ford Ranger and Edge, 2006-2009 Mercury Milan, and the 2005-2006 Ford GT.

Of the Hondas recalled, we have the 2005-2012 Honda Pilot, 2006-2012 Honda Ridgeline, 2010-2012 Honda Crosstour, 2005-2011 Honda CR-V, 2005-2011 Honda Element, 2008-2012 Honda Accord, 2006-2011 Honda Civic, 2007-2012 Honda Fit and 2010-2012 Honda Insight.

The 2005-2006 Acura MDX, 2005-2012 Acura RL, 2010-2012 Acura ZDX, 2009-2012 Acura TSX, and 2011-2012 Acura TSX Wagon are also affected. Honda even had to recall a few hundred additional Gold Wing motorcycles equipped with unsound airbags.

If you are new to the story or want to double-check to see if your automobile is one of the 69 million in North America with an ammonium nitrate IED sitting a few inches away from your chest, go to the NHTSA’s website and input your VIN.

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43 Comments on “Ford and Honda Add Another Million Vehicles to Deadly Airbag Recall...”


  • avatar
    mleclerc19xx

    Isn’t that a Ford dashboard?

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    What a nightmare.

  • avatar
    tylanner

    Allow me to provide my Scornful Initial Reaction.

    I’ll take my chances in that recalled Ford GT.

  • avatar
    pulverizer

    Why have a picture of a focus when it is not affected?

  • avatar
    DevilsRotary86

    “2007-2012 Honda Fit”

    Last year my wife drove a 2007 Honda Fit, and I drove a 2006 Acrua RSX-S. Each time a recall notice came down I checked it and we weren’t on it time and time again. I was starting to feel like ours were the only Honda models of that vintage not to be recalled. We traded it in middle of last year, but I am still amazed they finally got to it.

    Still hasn’t touched my RSX-S though. Traded that in too though.

  • avatar
    kcflyer

    I have one of the affected cars. 07 Fusion. Stinks having to wait for the recall process to generate a letter in the mail. Wish I could just take it to a local ford dealer and have them order the parts and schedule the install. Talked to one today. No can do.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    And who says you can’t get a Focus with a manual?

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    I remain incredibly disappointed that GM moved to block a recall on GMT900 platform vehicles, and was granted the pause the NHTSA. I’m not enjoying having myself and my family being laboratory experiments for a corporation when we drive the truck.

  • avatar
    zoomzoomfan

    At this point, are there any Hondas that haven’t been recalled for this?

  • avatar
    thunderjet

    Well our ’12 Mustang had the driver side airbag replaced under recall so why not the passenger side!

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      Could be the driver side and passenger side are from different manufacturers. I know there are a number of models that had driver side only, or passenger side only recalled for this reason. Varies from maker to maker, model year to model year.

      Other possibility is your driver side was parts available but the passenger side isn’t.

    • 0 avatar
      bikegoesbaa

      Different parts, and possibly different suppliers.

      Even if the parts were identical and their failure rate was the same it still makes sense to use the limited supply of recall parts only on the driver side.

      Since driver seats are occupied 100% of the time and passenger seats are occupied <100% of the time the risk of injury in a given deployment is significantly lower for a passenger side airbag.

  • avatar
    S2k Chris

    Had my wife’s RDX done last summer, guess it’s time to get the TSX done. Hope that means another few days pimping around in a new MDX.

    Although a check of Acura’s owner portal says no recalls on my VIN, updated 1/11/17. Hmm.

  • avatar
    bikegoesbaa

    “with an ammonium nitrate IED sitting a few inches away from your chest”

    A potentially faulty airbag is not an IED.

    Why this odd phrasing instead of “with a airbag subject to recall” or something else similarly straightforward?

    • 0 avatar
      OldManPants

      “A potentially faulty airbag is not an IED”

      Sure it is: power source, switch, initiator, explosive. Granted, the shrapnel feature is a serendipitous enhancement.

      • 0 avatar
        golden2husky

        I’d hardly call an airbag ignitor assembly “improvised”. It is a carefully engineered device. Sadly in this case, cost – as usual – was more important that life-saving.

        • 0 avatar
          JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

          Maybe it isn’t improvised, but the effect is largely the same.

          Same reason they said “the manufacturer that created exploding laptop batteries” or something to that effect in the headline of another article today, as though that’s the only thing they’ve ever done.

          I can hear Millhouse from The Simpson’s: “what about all the times I DIDN’T wear a tutu to school?! Nobody remembers that!”

          What about all the products they made that didn’t explode that most certainly out-numbered the one(s) that did? That doesn’t sensationalize the story enough I guess.

        • 0 avatar
          OldManPants

          In the sense of “create or produce something from whatever is available”, doesn’t every engineered product start as somebody’s improvisation to meet a particular need?

          So while calling airbags IEDs may be something of a symantic stretch, the functional outcome of a faulty one, i.e. burning, blasting and lacerating whomever’s nearby, is pretty similar.

    • 0 avatar
      rpn453

      Not a fan of metaphors?

      I prefer the phrase, “. . . with an airbag that occasionally kills people by spraying high velocity shrapnel . . .”

  • avatar
    SortedCorty.com

    Funny thing is – Takata is still in business… Don’t get it.

  • avatar
    Publius

    In this year of record auto sales, too bad none of the OEMs couldn’t pay their subs to set up more production lines for the replacement bags, and set up additional service centers to install the bags. My 2013 Audi TimeBomb has been on the recall list for almost a year, and I know there are many others with older cars who have been on for longer. Saying that Takata made the bags doesn’t absolve the OEMs of responsibilty. Takata is their subcontractor.

  • avatar
    philadlj

    Somehow, my 2009 Civic is still not on the recall list (knock on wood)

  • avatar
    Firestorm 500

    Still beats the heck out of me how an airbag on a motorcycle is going to save you.

  • avatar
    ceipower

    How bad has the safety beauracy failed in the u.s.? This has been on going for years now. Embarsssing/deadly. All congressman their families as well as government agencies should have to drive takata equipped vehicles exclusively. Maybe then we’d see some action.

  • avatar
    SaulTigh

    I’m kinda glad now that my ’08 MKZ took a dump on me and that I replaced it by joining the church of the “3-series lessee” or I’d have to deal with this crap too. My Lincoln hate grows (even though I kinda like the new Continental).

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