The downside to big sales in the auto business is that when recalls happen, they're big too.  Honda Motor Company is expanding a recall of about half a million Honda and Acura cars and SUVs with defective Takata air bag inflators.  

An additional 772,000 vehicles are being ordered back to the dealers, effective January 10.  They are:

  • 2005-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2005-2012 Acura RL
  • 2009-2012 Acura TSX
  • 2011-2012 Acura TSX Wagon
  • 2010-2012 Acura ZDX
  • 2008-2012 Honda Accord
  • 2010-2012 Honda Crosstour
  • 2006-2011 Honda Civic
  • 2005-2011 Honda CR-V
  • 2005-2011 Honda Element
  • 2012 Honda FCX Clarity
  • 2007-2012 Honda Fit
  • 2010-2012 Honda Insight
  • 2005-2012 Honda Pilot
  • 2006-2012 Honda Ridgeline

Honda is just one of several companies that is being forced to do recalls because of airbags made by supplier Takata.  The inflators can explode in a crash, sending metal shrapnel flying through the passenger compartment.  Ten of the 11 deaths related to the issue happened in Honda vehicles.  The other was in a Ford product.

If you have one of the Honda products listed above, you should get your car (maybe on the back of a tow truck, just to be safe) to your local dealer as soon as possible.