Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that new test data on a particular subset of defective Takata air bag inflators in certain model-year 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles show a far higher risk of ruptures during air bag deployment. This finding prompted an urgent call from the NHTSA to ensure that unrepaired vehicles in this population are found and fixed before they cause further injuries or fatalities. According to the NHTSA at least 313,000 vehicles with the dangerous defect remain unrepaired.
“With as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous air bag inflator rupture in a crash, these vehicles are unsafe and need to be repaired immediately,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge.”
As reported by the NHTSA, the higher-risk inflators are in certain 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles including:
- 2001-2002 Honda Civic
- 2001-2002 Honda Accord
- 2002-2003 Acura TL
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Acura CL
- 2003 Honda Pilot
Drivers can visit SaferCar.gov to check whether their vehicle has any outstanding safety recalls. Those that do should contact their nearest dealer immediately.
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