Product Liability – Honda Expands Recall of Risky Airbags

December 2, 2011

A manufacturer is responsible to place goods on the market that are reasonably safe and free from defect that could cause personal injury or property damage to others. Here, Honda is taking steps to ensure that the airbags it has installed in nearly 900,000 vehicles are safe by expanding its earlier recall of 2001 to 2003 Honda and Acura vehicles. The question is why did it take almost 11 years to take such an action and how many persons have been injured or have died as the result of this defect.

Originally, Honda said that it needs to replace the driver’s airbag inflator, which has a risk of being deploying with too much pressure. The high-pressure airbags could cause the inflator casing to rupture, possibly resulting in injury or fatality, the automaker said.Honda added 603,000 vehicles to the recall Thursday morning. The automaker said the additional cars need to be brought in to an authorized dealer for inspection, because they may contain faulty parts.

The automaker said it has determined that 640 questionable airbag parts were sold for installation in cars for collision repair or other reasons.

via Honda expands recall of risky airbags – chicagotribune.com.

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