As of 2015, Honda is recalling 2002 and 2003 Honda Accords as well as some 2013 Accords and four-cylinder models from 2014 and 2015. The largest recall affects the 2002 and 2003 models due to an ongoing recall of airbags manufactured for several automakers by the auto parts company Takata.
The Takata airbag recall affecting 2002 and 2003 Honda Accords is due to the potential for these airbags to explode violently when deployed. These explosions are due to decayed chemicals in the inflation mechanism when undergoing a violent reaction. They can result in injury or death due to the force of the detonation and the sharp metal fragments produced by it. Honda is recalling both coupe and sedan Accord models sold in humid areas such as Florida, since high humidity may exacerbate the decay of the chemicals in the inflation mechanism.
Other recalls for the Accord affect 1,659 2013 models that have a defect in their fuel tanks. A connection point at the top of the tank may not seal correctly, causing a fuel leak and potential fire hazard. Honda has also recalled 137 four-cylinder Accord models sold for the 2013 and 2014 model years to replace a defective engine block.