Honda's Parts Supply Increasing for Airbag Recall

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

The Takata airbag recall is an unmitigated disaster for the automotive industry and Honda is working overtime to correct affected vehicles.

“It’s a huge problem,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda. “There’s a lot going on and it’s changing everyday.”

The scope of this safety recall is hard to fathom. NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that some 34 million cars and trucks are affected by this action. But now there’s some doubt whether that’s true.

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“The 34-million number that got thrown out is in question,” said Mendel. It seems the actual number of recalled vehicles is around 16.2 million, which is drastically better, though still monumentally bad.

Luckily for Honda owners Mendel said that wait times for backordered components are down drastically. To turn customers around quickly he said, “our dealers are doing everything possible.”

To ensure all affected vehicle get repaired Mendel said, “Moving forward, it’s all hands on deck.”

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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