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12 March 2019, 11:55 | Hattie Nash
SuppliedOther types of Takata Airbag have previously beeen recalled including in New Zealand
The owners of 1.1 million, mostly older Hondas and Acuras are being encouraged to check whether their vehicles are covered by the latest air bag recall.
Honda will be recalling about 1 million older vehicles in the United States and Canada because the Takata driver's air bag inflators that were installed during previous recalls could be risky.
A January explosion injured the arm of a person driving a 2004 Honda Odyssey.
Honda to recall around 1million vehicles with dangerous air bags
CBS News reported that ammonium nitrate was used by Takata to inflate the air bags. But in some cars, the chemical burned too quickly, causing a blast powerful enough to spray shrapnel.
The type of inflator covered by the recall announced Tuesday "contains substantially more desiccant than other desiccated inflator types, and it appears that the excessive moisture contained in the desiccant introduced humidity into the sealed inflator during assembly, accelerating propellant degradation over time", Honda spokesman Chris Martin said in an email.
The recall covers many Honda and Acura models from 2001 through 2016.
Documents posted Monday by Canadian safety regulators show that models to be recalled in that country include the Honda Accord from 2001 through 2007, the CR-V from 2002 through 2006, the Civic from 2001 through 2005, the Element from 2003 through 2010, the Odyssey from 2002 through 2004, the Pilot from 2003 through 2008 and the Ridgeline from 2006.
The total number of recalled inflators is now about 21 million in about 12.9 million Honda and Acura vehicles that have been subject to recall for replacing Takata front airbag inflators in the United States, the company said.
Honda says that it has replacement parts available for affected owners, "all from alternate suppliers", and will begin conducting free repairs immediately.
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