Honda Australia has issued a recall for the older-generation Accord along with the MDX SUV as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign.
UPDATE, 24/9/19: Honda Australia has updated this recall notice with the following statement: "If owners of affected Honda Accord MY2001-2007 and Honda MDX MY2003-2006 are advised their vehicle is under 'critical recall’, it is recommended that you stop driving the vehicle and immediately arrange for airbag inflator replacement as the vehicle has a heightened risk of causing injury or death. The critical recall category applies to alpha airbags and also includes other airbags specified by Honda".
As with other Takata-related recalls, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can cause the airbag inflator propellant to degrade over time.
If the condition occurs, the metal inflator housing may rupture when deployed, shooting metal fragments through the airbag into the cabin – posing a serious risk of injury, even death, to the vehicle's occupants.
Affected model years and number of units by model line are as follows:
Owners are urged to contact their local dealer, or Honda Australia directly via its website. For more information, contact 1800 789 839.
The Takata airbag recall affects more than 100 million vehicles and nearly 20 automotive brands around the world. Among those are more than five million vehicles in Australia, the equivalent of four years of nationwide sales.
Globally, there have been 20 deaths linked to the scandal, and 230 serious injuries. One Australian motorist lost their life to a faulty Takata airbag in July 2017, one month after another Australian driver was seriously injured.
In February 2018, the recall of vehicles affected by the faulty Takata airbags was made compulsory under law, with affected manufacturers required to replace all defective airbags by the end of 2020. Last month the ACCC added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall.
According to the Australian Government, the risk of a defective Takata airbag rupturing may arise between 6 and 25 years after it is installed in a vehicle. In areas of high heat and humidity, the risk of rupture may arise between 6 and 9 years.