Honda has recently recalled 772,000 vehicles due to faulty front passenger seat air bag inflators, made by Japanese supplier Takata Corporation.
This recall is a part of an expanded recall of over 11.4 million Honda vehicles, which are primarily located in the US. According to HondaAirbagInfo.com:
“Approximately 11.4 million Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. are subject to a recall or Safety Improvement Campaign related to Takata airbag inflator ruptures.”
“Because certain, specific vehicles are subject to more than one recall (for example, both a driver and passenger airbag inflator recall) approximately 17.8 million total Takata airbag inflators have been recalled.”
Acura, Honda’s luxury brand, isn’t safe either—it’s estimated that Honda is currently replacing nearly 10,000 Takata Air Bags in Acura vehicles every single day.
Honda’s experts go on to explain that the airbags are unsafe, due to hot and humid conditions changing the airbag’s integrity:
“These so-called “Alpha” inflators, found in certain 2001 – 2003 Honda and Acura models, have an alarming rupture rate of as high as 50 percent, according NHTSA and Takata.”
“In addition to original Takata manufacturing defects, which prompted the first inflator recalls in 2008 and 2009, the passage of time and exposure to hot and humid conditions makes these older inflators particularly vulnerable to ruptures, which can cause serious injury or death to vehicle occupants.”
The majority of vehicles impacted are between the years 2001 and 2003, so if you drive any of the following vehicles be sure to look into this:
- 2001-2002 Honda Accord
- 2001-2002 Honda Civic
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Honda Pilot
- 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
- 2003 Acura 3.2CL
Other, more recent models, have been recalled, however. Here are a few:
- 2005-2006 Acura MDX
- 2005-2012 Acura RL
- 2008-2012 Honda Accord
- 2006-2011 Honda Civic
- 2007-2012 Honda Fit
- 2010-2012 Honda Insight
In addition to these vehicles, if you drive ANY Japanese manufactured vehicle (Subaru, Acura, Honda, Toyota, etc.) it’s a good idea to check your vehicle to see if there’s been any recalls. Here is Honda’s page to do so, and here is Toyota’s page to do so.
If you know anyone who drives a Honda, please share this! We don’t want anymore people dying (more than 150 people have been injured and 10 have died so far). Thank you for being a concerned citizen!