SAFETY: Stop Driving Your Takata-Airbag-Equipped Honda, Says The US To Some Owners


BestRide | Jun 30, 2016

Takata airbag recall

The Takata airbag recall is old news. It seems there is a steady stream of new vehicles being added, but everyone is still driving until the necessary replacement parts are available. That’s about to change as the US government is warning owners of select Hondas and Acuras to stop driving immediately.

The recall was issued over Takata air bag inflators that can explode during a crash and send debris directly at the driver’s face. Due to the size of the recall, there simply aren’t enough replacement parts to fix every car on the spot so repairs are happening piecemeal.

This is the largest recall in US history with an estimated 70 million vehicles affected by 2019. The problem surfaces when a combination of time, moisture, and high temperatures degrade the propellant in the inflators.

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It puts those who live in certain areas of the country at higher risk. Florida, Texas, and Gulf Coast residents where humidity is very high stand a greater chance of experiencing a defective air bag inflator.

There have been injuries and deaths as a result of the airbag defect, but it was not deemed serious enough to tell consumers to stop driving affected cars. Now, the government has changed its tune.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Admininstration just released an adjustment to their original recommendations affecting certain Hondas and Acuras. The reason is that new data suggests some inflators have as much as a 50 percent chance of exploding during a crash. That’s serious enough to tell people to stop driving.

In all, this new warning applies to 313,000 vehicles. The list of affected vehicles includes the 2001-2002 Honda Civic and Accord, 2002-2003 Acura TL, 2002 Honda CR-V and Odyssey, 2003 Acura CL, and 2003 Honda Pilot.

These vehicles were originally recalled in 2008 and 2011, but not everyone bothered to act on the recall. Honda says that 70 percent of the vehicles in this group were already repaired, but they’re still looking to get those last 313,000 cars fixed.

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According to Automotive News, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge.”

There have been 10 reported deaths in the US due to Takata ruptures. Of those deaths, eight of them were vehicles in this highly risky group. It’s a serious issue.

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