On June 20, 2014, American Honda Motor Company, Inc. (Honda) is recalling certain model years:
- 2001-2007 Accord (4-cylinder),
- 2001-2002 Accord (V6),
- 2001-2005 Civic,
- 2002-2006 CR-V,
- 2003-2011 Element,
- 2002-2004 Odyssey,
- 2003-2007 Pilot,
- 2006 Ridgeline,
- 2003-2006 Acura MDX,
- and 2002-2003 TL/CL vehicles.
Upon deployment of the driver-side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver-side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants. The potential number of units affected is estimated at 5,394,000.
If you or someone you know has been affected by this defect, we urge you to stop using your vehicle immediately. Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflators in all affected vehicles, free of charge. I would urge you, however, to be proactive and contact Honda directly to find out if your vehicle is affected by this recall.
Owners of vehicles in:
- Puerto Rico,
- South Carolina,
- and the U.S. Virgin Islands
were notified on or about September 2014. Honda began notifying owners in all other locations in January 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. NOTE: This recall is national in scope and is no longer limited to certain regions.
As a consumer, safety advocate, and trial lawyer, I am continually troubled by the fact that manufacturers and retailers continue to sell dangerous products. Manufacturers, in their zeal to get products on the market, often cut corners and overlook safety when designing and manufacturing products. Manufacturers have an obligation and opportunity to thoroughly assess product safety before the launch of a product. It should not take a person to get injured for a manufacturer to make a product safe.
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