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Recall Roundup: Honda Recalls 5.1 Million Vehicles to Fix Air Bags

Recall Roundup: Honda Recalls 5.1 Million Vehicles to Fix Air Bags

By Jeff Youngs, June 08, 2015

During the past week, Honda recalled about 5.1 million vehicles of various types, from the 2001-2008 model years, on account of possible problems with the driver's frontal air bag. General Motors, Mazda, and Mercedes-Benz also issued vehicle recalls. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.


2015 Chevrolet Colorado
2015 GMC Canyon
General Motors (GM) is recalling 14,838 model-year 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks manufactured January 6, 2014, to December 24, 2014. The affected vehicles may experience the front brake calipers leaking brake fluid. This is due to air pockets, an imperfection in the metal caliper body. If the vehicle experiences a brake fluid leak it can increase the stopping distance, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the front-brake calipers if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 10, 2015. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14888. Owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V278000.


2011-2012 Chevrolet Malibu
GM is recalling 437,045 model-year 2011-2012 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured April 8, 2010, to October 11, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the flexible steel cables that connect the seat belts to the vehicle at the outside of the driver seat and the front passenger seat may be bent from being sat on while entering the vehicle. This repeated bending may result in the cable breaking.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the outboard lap anchor mounting bracket and inspect the flexible steel cable, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 3, 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15031; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V269000.


Honda: Various 2001-2008 Vehicles
As part of the continuing fallout from the Takata air bag recall, American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling a total of approximately 5.1 million cars, trucks, and SUVs, including model-year 2001-2007 Honda Accord, 2001-2005 Honda Civic, 2002-2006 Honda CR-V, 2003-2011 Honda Element, 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey, 2003-2008 Honda Pilot, 2006 Honda Ridgeline, 2003 Acura CL, 2003-2006 Acura MDX, and 2002-2003 Acura TL vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag, produced by Japanese automotive supplier Takata, that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion and other factors, including manufacturing variability that, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, such a rupture could cause metal fragments to strike the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver frontal air bag inflator free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 1, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1099, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V320000.

Note: Vehicles that have had their driver frontal air bag replaced previously as part of a recall remedy prior to September 12, 2014 need to have their air bag replaced under this recall as well. Vehicles that, on or after September 12, 2014, received a remedy for a prior driver frontal air bag inflator recall already received an inflator of a different design, and therefore are not included in this recall and do not require additional servicing.

Note: This recall fully supersedes recalls 08V-593, 09V-259, 10V-041, 11V-260, 14V-351, and 15V-153.


2003-2008 Mazda 6
2004-2008 Mazda RX-8
2006-2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed 6
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling 444,907 model-year 2003-2008 Mazda 6 vehicles manufactured May 29, 2002, to May 5, 2008; 2004-2008 RX-8 vehicles manufactured April 10, 2003, to February 18, 2008; and 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed 6 vehicles manufactured August 4, 2005, to June 29, 2007. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion and other factors, including manufacturing variability that, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, such a rupture could cause metal fragments to strike the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflator free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 7914J; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V345000.

Note: This recall supersedes recall 14V344 in its entirety. Additionally, vehicles that have had their driver's frontal air bag replaced previously as part of a recall remedy need to have their air bag replaced under this recall as well.


2004-2006 Mazda B-Series Trucks
Mazda is recalling 27,149 model-year 2004-2006 Mazda B-Series light trucks manufactured from April 17, 2003, through May 2, 2006. The affected vehicles are equipped with a passenger-side frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture upon deployment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, such a rupture could cause metal fragments to strike the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger-side frontal air bag inflator free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of July 2015. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 8315F; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V346000.

Note: This recall expands and partially supersedes recall 14V773 as to the model year 2004 through 2006 Mazda B-Series vehicles only.


2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Mercedes-Benz USA (Mercedes) is recalling 1,335 model-year 2015 Sprinter 2500 and Sprinter 3500 vans manufactured February 28, 2014, to January 22, 2015. In the affected vehicles, oil may leak from around the chain tensioner gasket area. Leaking oil may drip onto a hot engine surface, increasing the risk of a fire. Additionally, the leaking oil may be a road hazard for other vehicles, increasing the risk of a crash.

Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will replace the chain tensioner gasket free of charge. The recall began May 18, 2015. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-877-762-8267, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V261000.

Note: This recall is an expansion of 14V-764.

For updates on the status of the Takata air bag recall and other recalls, visit www.SaferCar.gov/RecallsSpotlight.

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