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Honda Issues Nationwide Recall for Takata Airbags

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Danielle Dougall3 years ago

Honda Motor Co. has issued a nationwide recall related to its Takata airbags.

About the Takata Airbag Recall

The National Highway Safety Administration has reported that approximately 7,800,000 vehicles manufactured by 11 automakers are subject to recalls due to their defective Takata airbags.

The airbags have been reported to rupture violently when deployed, spewing shards of metal. Three deaths and thirty injuries have been linked to the explosions.

Honda and its Acura brand comprise 5.1 million (nearly two-thirds) of the affected vehicles. Some of the prominent spokespeople of the Honda franchise and locations say they are experiencing few delays in fixing their customer’s cars and ordering new inflator modules.

AutoNation Inc., the owner of 22 Honda franchises, has issued a statement saying they can make most of their customer’s repairs overnight, or in two days at the most.

So far, NHTSA has logged only six customer complaints over service issues.

According to, however, Takata is failing to produce enough replacement inflators to repair defective vehicles that went out of production. “In August, Takata produced 132,459 replacement inflators, according to data that was compiled by NHTSA and first reported by The Detroit News. By February, Takata's cumulative output is expected to reach 1.47 million devices. But that's still well short of the number of inflators Honda needs to repair 2.8 million vehicles it has recalled in 11 states and territories.”

Honda’s Recall Plan

The first stage of the recall includes replacing airbags in humid states and regions including: Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The second stage includes Honda’s “regional safety improvement campaign” for vehicles sold and or registered in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and California.

Toyota Motor Co. advises drivers to keep their passenger seats unoccupied until they can get their airbags repaired and Honda urges customers to “take immediate action” to have their cars repaired. Honda and Acura have provided 800 numbers for their customers to call and inquire about possible corrective actions.


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