Toyota & Honda Recall 300,000 Due to Takata Airbag Problem

January 24, 2020

Honda, Acura, and Toyota have each issued recalls, affecting over 300,000 vehicles in Canada because of faulty airbags that may deploy prematurely, or not at all.

Date of recall: January 17-22, 2020

Vehicles affected

This recall covers many different models under all three brands, 301,264 of which are affected in Canada, plus another 2.4 million in the United States. 

  • 1998-2000 Honda Accord Coupe and Sedan
  • 1996-2000 Honda Civic Coupe and Sedan
  • 1997-2001 Honda CR-V
  • 1998-2001 Honda Odyssey
  • 1998 Honda EV Plus
  • 1997-1998 Acura 2.2CL
  • 1997-1999 Acura 3.0CL
  • 1998-1999 Acura 2.3CL
  • 2001-2002 Acura 3.2CL
  • 2001-2002 Acura MDX
  • 1998-2003 Acura 3.5RL
  • 1999-2001 Acura 3.2TL
  • 1997-1999 Toyota Celica
  • 1998-1999 Toyota Paseo
  • 1998-2000 Toyota RAV4

What’s the problem?

All of the aforementioned models have the same issue, though the airbags affected in this recall are different from those impacted by previous Takata airbag recalls. The inflators in the airbags in these vehicles may not have been sealed properly, and that may allow too much moisture to seep in. 

In the event of a crash, the airbags may not deploy with enough force. Even worse, they might blow apart a metal canister and hurl shrapnel at occupants, increasing the risk of injury beyond the crash itself. 

Honda reported one injured driver in Texas and another two incidents in Japan. The latter two cases were observed in a scrap yard, so no occupants were involved. Toyota hasn’t confirmed any reported injuries related to the defect. 

What’s the fix? 

Honda and Acura will replace the inflator but has also said that the parts required may not be available for another 12 months. Toyota would perform the same repair, though it’s unclear if the timeframe is the same. The repair and replacement will be done free of charge.

What do you do?

Honda, Acura, and Toyota will each notify affected owners by mail starting in mid-March with instructions on the next steps in taking their vehicle to a dealer for repair. 

Enter your Honda VIN at this link to learn more about this recall and find out if there are other Service Actions related to your vehicle. For Acura, you can use this link, and for Toyota, use this one.

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