Honda to expand air bag recall nationwide

Last Updated Dec 3, 2014 12:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON - Under pressure from federal regulators, Honda is expanding a recall of driver's side air bags to all 50 states.

The air bags, made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp., can explode with too much force, sending metal shrapnel into the passenger compartment.

Takata insists that current recalls covering 8 million U.S. cars in high-humidity areas are sufficient. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants the recalls expanded nationwide after some incidents outside the high-humidity zones.

Rick Schosteck, Honda's executive vice president for North America, told House lawmakers Wednesday that Honda will expand the regional recall it began in June, but will continue to prioritize high-humidity areas.

He also said Honda is working with other air bag manufacturers to make sure it has enough parts.

Drivers can find out if their vehicles are part of the recall by using a search tool on SaferCar.gov. The recall ID is 14V351. The NHTSA posted a list of recalled Honda vehicles late last month:

  • 2001 - 2007 Honda Accord
  • 2001 - 2005 Honda Civic
  • 2002 - 2006 Honda CR-V
  • 2003 - 2011 Honda Element
  • 2002 - 2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003 - 2007 Honda Pilot
  • 2006 - Honda Ridgeline
  • 2003 - 2006 Acura MDX
  • 2002 - 2003 Acura TL/CL
  • 2005 - Acura RL


BMW: 627,615 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2000 - 2005 3 Series Sedan 2000 - 2006 3 Series Coupe 2000 - 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon 2000 - 2006 3 Series Convertible 2001 - 2006 M3 Coupe 2001 - 2006 M3 Convertible

Chrysler: 371,309 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2003 - 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 2005 - 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 2006 - 2008 Dodge Ram 3500 2006 - 2008 Dodge Ram 4500 2008 - Dodge Ram 5500 2005 - 2008 Dodge Durango 2005 - 2008 Dodge Dakota 2005 - 2008 Chrysler 300 2007 - 2008 Chrysler Aspen

Ford: 58,669 total number of potentially affected vehicle

2004 - Ranger 2005 - 2006 GT 2005 - 2007 Mustang

General Motors: undetermined total number of potentially affected vehicles

2003 - 2005 Pontiac Vibe 2005 - Saab 9-2X

Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2001 - 2007 Honda Accord 2001 - 2002 Honda Accord 2001 - 2005 Honda Civic 2002 - 2006 Honda CR-V 2003 - 2011 Honda Element 2002 - 2004 Honda Odyssey 2003 - 2007 Honda Pilot 2006 - Honda Ridgeline 2003 - 2006 Acura MDX 2002 - 2003 Acura TL/CL 2005 - Acura RL

Mazda: 64,872 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2003 - 2007 Mazda6 2006 - 2007 MazdaSpeed6 2004 - 2008 Mazda RX-8 2004 - 2005 MPV 2004 - B-Series Truck

Mitsubishi: 11,985 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2004 - 2005 Lancer 2006 - 2007 Raider

Nissan: 694,626 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2001 - 2003 Nissan Maxima2001 - 2004 Nissan Pathfinder 2002 - 2004 Nissan Sentra 2001 - 2004 Infiniti I30/I35 2002 - 2003 Infiniti QX4 2003 - 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45

Subaru: 17,516 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2003 - 2005 Baja 2003 - 2005 Legacy 2003 - 2005 Outback 2004 - 2005 Impreza

Toyota: 877,000 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2002 - 2005 Lexus SC 2002 - 2005 Toyota Corolla 2003 - 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix 2002 - 2005 Toyota Sequoia 2003 - 2005 Toyota Tundra