California motorists driving Honda vehicles need to be aware of an expanded recall of these cars due to airbag defects.
If you have a Honda car, you must know that the automaker recently expanded its recall due to potentially defective airbags in many of its vehicles. About 500,000 airbags are included in the recall. The recall is only specific to California, and according to Honda, is linked to a defect that could cause the airbag to shoot out shrapnel during deployment. With this, Honda has recalled about 1 million cars because of these airbag defects.
The airbags were manufactured by Takata, and thus far, as many as eight other manufacturers have decided to recall their airbags because of this same problem. The airbag defect has the potential to cause catastrophic or serious facial injuries or head injuries when an airbag deploys. According to Honda, there is a possibility that when a crash occurs, the airbag can deploy with too much force. The airbags may rupture, and when that happens, it may shoot out metal pieces that can cause serious injuries to the occupants of the car. Occupants may suffer laceration, puncture wounds, eye injuries and other injuries. The recall includes Honda Accords, Civic, Elements, Pilots, and Acura MDX from 2003-2005. It also includes Honda Odysseys from 2003-2004.
Airbag defects are typically the result of shoddy design or manufacturing processes. Common airbag defects include failure to deploy, when the airbag fails to deploy during an accident. However, it's not just deployment failure that may place you at risk of injuries. Occupants of your car could be at risk of injuries if the airbag is over-sized for your car, or deploys during a minor crash when it should not deploy at all.