Honda confirms that a 2002 Civic owner was killed by injuries sustained by an exploding Takata airbag. This is the 14th Takata-related fatality for Honda occupants in the U.S. The 2001-2002 Civic is on “high risk” list for explosions, but this vehicle was never repaired.
Those replacement PSDI-5D Takata inflators that were supposedly safe? Now they're exploding too. The desiccated replacements were exposed to excess moisture during assembly. This rapidly degrades the propellant and allows pressure to build up over time, turning the inflator into a mini-grenade that explodes during airbag deployment.
2001-2002 Accord. 2001-2002 Civic. 2002 CR-V. 2002 Odyssey. 2003 Pilot. If you own one of these vehicles and you haven't replaced their Takata inflators, the next knock on your door could be from a Honda representitive. And you should answer ... it might just save your life.
An additional 104,000 vehicles are joining the growing list of Honda cars with dangerous Takata airbag inflators. Owners will need to have their car's driver-side inflators replaced. This includes the 2001 Accord, 2004 Civic, and 2008 Pilot. Honda hasn't said when the recall will begin, but the moment it does you **need to get your airbags serviced.