Defective airbag inflators spur Honda to recall vehicles

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 | 1:47 p.m. CDT; updated 6:02 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 4, 2011

COLUMBIA — By late May, Columbia-area Honda drivers will find out by mail if their cars are among the 833,000 vehicles the Japanese manufacturer recalled for inspection yesterday.

This marks the company's largest recall in the past two years, and affects the following Honda models:

  • 2001-2002 Accord
  • 2001-2002 Civic
  • 2002 Odyssey
  • 2002-2003 CR-V
  • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2 TL
  • 2003 Acura 3.2 CL

With yesterday's announcement, the Japanese car manufacturer has recalled over 1.7 million vehicles since 2008 due to a defective airbag inflator that could deploy with enough force to cause injury. This problem is reportedly related to two deaths, according to a New York Times article.

Although the company does not believe a majority of these vehicles have the defective airbag, this recall was spurred by an attempt to find 2,430 of the cars which mistakenly had the defective airbag inflator installed during vehicle service, according to a Honda press release.

Customers can go to or for more information about whether their vehicles will require repair, the press release stated. Customers can reach the two area Honda dealers by calling Frank Fletcher Honda at 442-3107 and Corwin Honda at 866-279-2054.


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