Published: Tue, February 09, 2016
Business | By Cristina Jennings

Honda recalling 341000 Accords for airbags

We'll keep you posted. In March 2013, Continental started a service campaign on certain vehicles outside the USA, then in April 2015, Honda asked Continental to check an airbag from a 2008 Honda Accord.

Apparently Continental didn't' want Takata to have all the airbag defect fun, because the parts supplier is about to be at the center of a massive recall of its own.

The NHTSA has always been investigating issues related with air bag inflators. Approximately 24 million vehicles were recalled due to malfunction in Takata air bags - the largest recall in US history.

Takata's inflators can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister. "Additionally, in some vehicles, the air bags may inadvertently deploy, increasing the risk of a crash", said NHTSA.

A VW spokesman said the company did not known how many Chrysler-built Routan minivans are involved.

Honda says it has two reports of people being hurt because the air bags didn't deploy in a crash. We anticipate that owners of the affected models will be able to confirm their vehicles' recall status on these sites beginning on February 15, 2016.

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Honda , on the other hand, turned over units of 2008 Accord, prompting USA safety regulators to pursue investigations. The Takata airbags inflator has the tendency to rupture in a crash spray metal shrapnel at the occupants.

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The second new recall involves 341,000 Honda Accords sold during the 2008 to 2010 model-years.

The U.S. safety investigation is still under way. Several others complained that the computer had to be replaced to fix the problem and they were charged around $500. Parts are expected to be available in Fall 2016. If they notice that the "Supplemental Restraint System" indicator light is on (not the "Passenger Airbag Off" light), motorists should take their vehicles to dealers for full diagnostic scans. The recall will affect a total of 2.23 million units fo Honda and Acura model. In fact, Honda expanded its Takata recall on Wednesday to include 2.2 million newer Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S.

Not all the cars in these model years will be included in the recall.

Honda has said in the past that it will provide loaner cars for owners with vehicles under Takata recall if parts are not yet available.

Use NHTSA's Vehicle Identification Number Recall System to see if your vehicle is affected by the recall. Nine of the said ten deaths are a result of ruptured air bags found in Honda vehicles, so one can imagine how the auto company is in hot waters over the deadly defect.

In a Thursday disclosure, Continental Automotive Systems - a unit of Germany-based Continental AG - said that it had supplied potentially defective air bag control units to 5 million vehicles across the world.

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