Honda recalls 1.8 million vehicles for possible air bag inflators
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Honda Motor Co. recalled 1.7 million vehicles and recalled some 3.2 million more in the United States to fix air bags, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.
The recall affects about 1.2 billion vehicles in the U-S.
The company also recalled 2.4 million of its own vehicles.
Honda said in a statement that the vehicles were subject to a potential issue in inflators installed on the passenger side air bags.
Honda has issued a recall of air bags installed in certain vehicles in Japan.
It said the problem arose from a defect in the manufacturer’s manufacturing process.
Honda is using its “best efforts” to fix the defect, it said.
The affected vehicles were equipped with air bags with a defect that can cause an air bag to inflate in the vehicle, the CPSC said.
Honda, the nation’s largest carmaker, said it will reimburse owners for the cost of the air bags that have been recalled and replace the inflators.
The air bags are part of the Honda Civic and Civic Si models.
The agency said there is no known link between the recall and other vehicles.
In a statement, Honda said it is working with the CPOS to resolve the issue and is continuing to work with customers to resolve any outstanding questions.
The CPSS said it was notified by the Consumer Product Product Safety Office (CPSO) that Honda had recalled 1 million vehicles in North America, with a total of 1.5 million vehicles.
The consumer product safety agency said it notified Honda on April 19.
The vehicles included about 2.7 percent of all vehicles in its fleet in the country and the number of vehicles affected was limited to those vehicles in all markets.
The government agency said the company notified the agency that it was recalling the vehicles because the CQA was unable to determine the exact cause of the defect.
The defect may be related to the use of a single, improperly installed air bag in an application of a vehicle’s front air bag, the CPSO said.
Consumers can report suspected defects to the CFPSA’s Consumer Product Recall Hotline at 1-800-CPSS-1.
The information will help investigators identify and investigate potential recalls and will help manufacturers identify and correct any problems with their product.
Honda spokeswoman Andrea DeBolt said the agency was aware of the recall.
“The company has taken action to ensure that our vehicles meet the standards for which they were designed and manufactured,” DeBelt said.
“We are cooperating fully with the agency’s investigation and are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.”
The agency did not specify which vehicles Honda was recalling.
Honda recalled about 4.3 million vehicles last year, according to the company’s annual reports.
About 2.2 percent of the company, or about 1,500,000 vehicles, had the defect in 2014.
The automaker reported its first-quarter sales fell 1.1 percent to 2.19 million.
The problem was found in about 2 percent of its vehicles, the agency said.