Recall Extension - 2001/2002 Driver’s SRS Airbag Inflator

Honda Motor Company has decided to expand a recall related to a defect in the driver’s SRS airbag inflator installed on certain vehicles produced in 2001 and 2002. This was first advised in New Zealand in July 2009.

Although there have been no incidents reported in the vehicles included in this extension, Honda Motor Company’s ongoing investigation and analysis has resulted in Honda choosing to extend the recall to a total of 514,355 units in North America, Japan and other regions since November 2008 and June 2009 (New Zealand was first affected in July 2009).

This recall extension adds 368 New Zealand vehicles, with a worldwide total of 437,763 of vehicles added in this recall. The total number of New Zealand cars in the combined recall is 1,017. The issue is caused by an airbag inflator manufactured by one specific machine at a supplier between March 2000 and October 2001. Inflators manufactured outside of these dates and on different machines are not affected by the same technical fault. However for surety, all components manufactured on the faulty machine are now recalled.

The 368 cars affected are comprised of 63 2002 CRV’s and 305 2001-2002 Accords sold NZ new are affected.

Letters from Honda New Zealand are being posted today (10 Feb) to owners of New Zealand new vehicles that are affected.