Honda maintains a recall database for its vehicles at Honda.com, where site visitors can check for recalls on recent Honda models. Owners can also enter a Vehicle Identification Number to see which recalls affect their specific vehicle.
The largest recall affecting Honda vehicles, as of April 2015, is the Takata airbag recall. Auto parts manufacturer Takata supplied many car manufacturers with defective airbags that may explode when they are deployed, causing death or injury from the force of the explosion itself and from the sharp metal fragments produced from the airbag casing and inflation mechanism by the explosion.
Investigators determined that the cause of this problem is the chemical propellants in the airbag inflation mechanism that may decay, in the presence of high humidity, into compounds that react more violently than Takata's engineers anticipated. Recall efforts are focused on areas with high humidity levels, such as the southern United States, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Honda dealers is these areas are tasked with replacing the defective airbags in recalled vehicles with new units, at no charge. Honda constructed most of the cars affected by this recall between 2002 and 2004, but the recall also affects some vehicles built in later models.