88,000 2008 Honda Pilot SUVs Added to Takata Airbag Recall
Due to ongoing investigation, Honda is adding 88,549 2008 Pilot SUVs to the recall of its driver’s airbag inflator. Although the company is unaware of any inflator ruptures, Honda knows that many of the 2008 model year Pilots were equipped with the faulty Takata airbag components. About 5,000 2001 Accords and 10,000 2004 Civics are also included in this recall expansion.
To date, Honda has determined that certain CR-V, Element, Odyssey, Pilot, and Ridgeline trucks and SUVs are affected, along with some early Acura MDXs. The recall applies primarily to vehicles made between 2001 and 2008, although many 2009-2011 Elements are affected as well.
As you may already know, Takata supplied many manufacturers with faulty airbag inflators from the early 2000s to the late 2000s. Ford, Honda, BMW, Toyota, and many others installed the inflators on several different types of vehicles. However, due to corrosion from environmental humidity, some of those inflators have ruptured when deploying the airbags, sending shrapnel through the bags, resulting in more than a few injuries and deaths.
As such, Honda and other manufacturers have been investigating whether Takata inflators were installed in certain vehicles originally sold in 11 U.S. particularly humid states and territories before rolling the recall investigation nationwide. Neither Honda nor Takata have determined if the recall is due to a safety defect in the inflator’s design.
Honda will begin notifying owners of affected vehicles immediately, and repairs will be performed free of charge to vehicle owners in order of perceived risk, with humid-state Honda dealers getting recall parts before dealers in drier, less risky climates.