Honda adds 1.7 million cars to Takata recall
More than 2 million vehicles involved; Honda warns dealers against selling unrepaired cars
Honda has ordered dealerships in the U.S. to halt sales of the 2007-2011 CR-V crossover, 2013-2014 Fit EV, 2011-2015 CR-Z coupe, 2009-2013 Fit, 2007-2014 Ridgeline and 2010-2014 Insight hybrid, Automotive News reports. Acura also added several recent models: the 2007-2016 Acura RDX, 2005-2012 Acura RL, 2010-2013 Acura ZDX, 2009-2014 Acura TL and 2013-2016 Acura ILX.
Note that these are late-model vehicles; until now cars recalled for Takata airbags have tended to be older vehicles. This is significant because age of the airbags is one of the two factors (the other being a high-humidity environment) that studies have linked to reports of injuries from airbag deployments.
Even though Honda plans to recall the newly-added vehicles, the automaker also told dealers that replacement parts won’t be available until late summer. Honda also warned dealers that that they will be liable for any unrepaired cars they sell to the general public — a matter of federal law that applies to official dealerships but not used-car stores.
“Should an unrepaired vehicle result in any claim because of the required recall repair, the dealership will be solely responsible to the claimant, and will be required to defend and indemnify American Honda for any resulting claims,” Honda told dealers in a memo obtained by Automotive News.
Honda is taking this step after Takata-produced airbags were linked to several deaths and injuries in recent months. Several days ago another fatality was tied to airbags whose propellant degraded; the driver of a 2006 Ford Ranger pickup died from airbag shrapnel that penetrated his neck when his truck struck a cow.