Honda’s airbag issue from last year is back, with the automaker announcing yet another expansion of a recall involving the driver side airbag inflator module. 2001 to 2003 Honda and Acura models will be recalled due to airbags that “may deploy with too much pressure, which can cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury or fatality.”
2001 to 2003 Honda and Acura Vehicles
The Problem: Honda discovered faulty modules floating around the supply chain and that 2,430 of those units have been installed in vehicles requiring airbag service or repair.
The Fix: To find the 2,430 faulty units, Honda is mailing a notification to owners of possibly affected vehicles to have their cars inspected. The module will be replaced as needed.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 833,000 vehicles including: certain 2001 and 2002 Accord and Civic, 2002 Odyssey; 2002 and 2003 CR-V, selected 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL, and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL vehicles.
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
The Problem: After numerous customer complaints, Hyundai discovered that certain two-wheel drive Santa Fe SUVs with the automatic transmission and 2.4-liter engine have a misaligned intermediate shaft and right side output gear. The shaft may exhibit excessive noise and wear and cause damage to the transmission; a loss of power and an increased risk of a crash are possible.
The Fix: Owners will be notified in June of 2011. Dealers will replace the intermediate shaft and right side output gear free of charge.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 6,169 vehicles manufactured from October 15, 2009 through March 5, 2010.