The Takata airbag scandal has been going on for years, with millions of vehicles being recalled. More are to come before the recall is completed. Takata airbags rely on a chemical called ammonium nitrate to trigger the explosion to deploy the airbags. Unfortunately, ammonium nitrate can degrade over time, especially in hot, humid climates. When the chemical degrades, the explosion can become more powerful, sending shrapnel flying through the vehicle, hitting and injuring occupants. While many dealers have recalled the vehicles and done the repairs, Consumer Reports has reported that some dealerships may not have fixed the airbags properly.
Honda and Acura have recalled approximately 19,000 vehicles to replace the passenger-side airbags as a part of the massive Takata airbag recall. Honda said that in the process of replacing the faulty airbags, several U.S. dealership technicians may have incorrectly installed the replacement airbags. As a result of this improper installation, the airbag may not deploy during a crash, causing injury.
These vehicles were previously recalled as a part of the massive Takata recall. However, Honda has not reported any injuries as a result of the improper installation. The recall includes several Honda and Acura sedans and SUVs. Dealers will inspect the airbag and correct the installation if there is a problem. The repairs will be conducted for free.
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