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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