Honda started the last month of the year off by issuing a recall for a defective airbag inflator. year 2002 to 2003 CR-Vs and 2003 Pilots are included in the Japanese automaker's latest recall.

Honda Airbag Recall Expansion

The Problem: Honda has expanded one of its previous recalls. The recall includes approximately 273,000 Honda and Acura vehicles from the 2001 through 2003 model-years sold in the U.S. The driver's airbag inflator may deploy with too much pressure, which can cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury or fatality. Honda will replace these parts in affected vehicles.

Honda has also determined that approximately 640 affected driver's airbag service parts were sold and installed in vehicles that needed these parts replaced from collision repairs or other service. Honda will replace the parts in the affected vehicles following the inspection. This recall now includes certain 2001 and 2002 Accord, 2001 to 2003 Civic, 2001 to 2003 Odyssey, 2002 and 2003 CR-V, 2003 Pilot, 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL vehicles.

The Fix: Starting in late December Honda will mail notification to owners of vehicles possibly affected by the recall and encourages them to bring their vehicle to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive the letter.

Number of Vehicles Affected: The automaker will inspect approximately 603,000 vehicles because they cannot determine which vehicles these service parts were installed in.

Honda encourages owners to contact them or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration if they have any questions.

Source: Honda, NHTSA