Honda fits older Accords with wrong airbags

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Honda is recalling some of the older Accord models in the US after it found out it originally installed the incorrect Takata airbags.

The safety crisis triggered by Takata’s faulty inflators forced Honda to recall more than 8 million cars in the United States since 2008 to replace the deadly explosive airbags. The automaker even had to call back the affected cars multiple times for related issues and, because of the magnitude of the problem, it is no wonder that Honda’s supply and manufacturing chains have made blunders on some occasions. Thus, this is not the first time when dealers have discovered that the wrong part was installed at the factory. The latest mix-up affects 11,602 older Accord sedans build between October 1, 2003, to August 17, 2007.

In a notice to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company said that because of a manufacturing error, a small number of Central/South American spec passenger airbag modules were fitted in US spec 2004-07 Accords produced by Honda de Mexico, Guadalajara. And due to improper recordkeeping, it is impossible to determine which vehicles are affected without inspection.

The 2004-2005 Accord models have been recalled four other times by Honda, beginning in June 2014, to replace defective Takata inflators, while Honda has recalled the 2006-2007 Accords twice in 2015. For the latest safety campaign, the automaker will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the air bag module as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 5, 2016.