2.8 million vehicles were recalled by Honda, Nissan and Mazda today due to potentially faulty airbags from Takata Corp. Recalls happen all the time, but this one’s a bit unique. The nearly 3 million cars are only being recalled from certain areas with high humidity.
The high humidity can lead to the defective airbags exploding.
“It is possible that front airbag inflators in affected vehicles may deploy with too much pressure, which may cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury,” Honda said in a statement.
“Could result in injury?” I’d say so.
These recalls cover both the passenger-side and driver-side air bags. The airbags were manufactured between 2000-2002. So, the recalls will cover model cars around those years. No specifics were given, but if you own one of the cars recalled you’ll probably be getting something in the mail about it shortly.
Areas where the cars are being recalled include Puerto Rico, Florida, Hawaii, the Virgin Islands, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas.
“Based on the limited data available at this time, NHTSA supports efforts by automakers to address the immediate risk in areas that have consistently hot, humid conditions over extended periods of time,” NHTSA said in a statement.
Today’s recalls come after the government began investigating reports of airbags rupturing last month. There have been six reported cases so far in Florida and Puerto Rico. Thankfully, no fatalities were a result of the defective airbags.