NHTSA and Honda Issue Urgent Recall
The US government and Honda are taking drastic steps and telling people to immediately stop driving older Honda models until they can get their air bags repaired.
Details about the Emergency Recall
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Honda is informing owners of specific older-model cars and SUVs to stop driving them until they can be repaired due to defective air bags making them dangerous to drive.
The notice was issued yesterday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Honda, and it applies to about 313,000 vehicles made in years 2001-2003, that have Takata air bags. Taka is a Japanese company whose air bags have made up the largest recall in history.
Vehicles Included in the Recall
Owners with the following vehicles received the urgent warning:
- 2001-2002 Honda Civic
- 2001-2002 Honda Accord
- 2002-2003 Acura TL
- 2002 CR-V
- 2002 Odyssey
- 2003 Pilot
- 2003 Acura CL
The warning states that the bad inflators in the recalled vehicle have a manufacturing defect that increased the potential for a dangerous deployment of the bag. Testing on the recalled products revealed rupture rates as high as 50 percent. It has also been stated that 70 percent of the recalled vehicles have already been repaired.
The NHTSA has stated that all recalls should be taken seriously, but that they’ve never issued a recall this urgent.