Honda has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a possible defect of certain 2003 Honda Accord Coupe models equipped with a four-cylinder engine. If frontal passenger airbags have been replaced, the replacement may have included a defective airbag inflator.
According to Honda’s recall notice, 37,421 2003 Honda Accord Couple models with a four-cylinder engine may be equipped with a defective replacement frontal passenger airbag. Replacement airbags may have included a Takata airbag inflator that may rupture upon deployment. “A Takata front passenger airbag inflator could produce excessive internal pressure during airbag deployment. If an affected airbag deploys, the increased internal pressure may cause the inflator casing to rupture. Metal fragments could be propelled upward toward the windshield, or downward toward the front passenger’s footwell, possibly causing an injury to vehicle occupants,” according to the report.
Honda says that only a small percentage of models had the airbag assembly replaced, and is offering inspections to confirm the inflator is not made by Takata. If defected inflators are found, dealers will replace it free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May.