Honda’s PR team is faced with communicating yet another recall.
The problem stems from Takata airbags that can explode with such force that they send shrapnel hurtling toward passengers. In May 2015, Takata agreed to recall 34 million cars
due to the issue. The crisis caused Honda’s CEO to resign.
Though Honda has
distanced itself from Takata, the company is still picking up the pieces from the defect has damaged its image and consumer trust. The latest announcement is an expansion of previous
recalls, and adds 2.23 million Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. to the list.
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Honda issued a press release further explaining:
Honda plans to replace all of these recalled inflators with new parts from an alternative supplier at no cost to owners of Honda and Acura vehicles. Due to
the large volume of new inflators needed to repair vehicles, the necessary replacement parts will not become available until Summer 2016.
An internal Honda memo puts the onus on the dealerships once the notice goes out to owners. The memo reads:
Should an unrepaired vehicle result in any claim because of the required recall repair, the dealership will be solely responsible to the claimant, and will
be required to defend and indemnify American Honda for any resulting claims.
The recall affects the following models:
2005-2012 Acura RL
2007-2011 Honda CR-V
2007-2016 Acura RDX (early production MY 2016 vehicles only)
2007-2014 Honda Ridgeline
2009-2014 Honda Fit
2009-2014 Acura TL
2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
2010-2014 Honda Insight
2010-2013 Acura ZDX
2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
2013-2016 Acura ILX (early production MY 2016 vehicles only)
The recent announcement brings the total number of Honda and Acura recalls to roughly 8.5 million vehicles.