Feds Warn 313K Honda Owner to Replace Deadly Airbags

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has identified about 313,000 older Hondas that have particularly dangerous Takata airbags.

During testing, NHTSA discovered that this certain subset of Takata airbag is about 50 percent more likely to rupture than others thanks to a manufacturing defect. When the inflator ruptures, metal shrapnel is hurled into the cabin, resulting in serious injuries and in some cases death.

“The risk posed by the airbag inflators in these vehicles is grave, and it is critical they be repaired now to avoid more deaths and serious injuries,” says NHTSA.

The cars in question are the 2001-2002 Honda Civic, 2001-2001 Honda Accord, 2002-2003 Acura TL, 2002 Honda CR-V, 2002 Honda Odyssey, 2003 Acura CL and the 2003 Honda Pilot.

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One of the main causes of these ruptures has been identified as moisture getting inside the inflator, so cars in high humidity areas such as Florida and Texas are much more susceptible to this danger.

Of the ten confirmed fatalities due to Takata airbags, eight of them took place in one of these Honda models.

A recall for these vehicles were already conducted between 2008 and 2011, but Honda’s data shows that about 313,000 of them remain on the street.

If you own one of these vehicles, contact your dealer or check to see if there is an outstanding recall on your vehicle by clicking here.

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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