At this point, the whole Takata airbag recall situation has been overplayed about as much as much as BMW has overplayed its 100th-anniversary celebration. But, unlike BMW, there is a good reason we constantly see Takata in the headlines. The company produced enough faulty airbags that the number of U.S. cars being recalled is expected to hit 70 million. The problem? The airbags have been found to shoot shrapnel on deployment – nothing like having a grenade go off in your face, right?
According to 8,867,284 airbags have been repaired as of June 17, 2016. That accounts for 5,023,431 driver-side airbags and 3,843,853 passenger-side airbags. That leaves a lot of unfixed airbags out there, but some are more dangerous than others. And, according to federal safety regulators, more than 300,000 Hondas and Acuras could have airbags that are seriously dangerous. That’s right, if you’re driving a Honda or Acura built between 2001 and 2003, you could be driving with a bomb three feet from your face. Have an accident, and it could explode…
According to the NHTSA, the airbags in certain Hondas and Acuras from the early 2000s have a 50-percent chance of exploding should they deploy in the event of an accident. Other Takata airbags have just a 1-percent chance. 50-percent doesn’t sound like very good odds to me. With that said, keep reading to learn about what cars are affected.
Do Not Drive List
The NHTSA has identified several models from Honda and Acura that they are urging you to park until repairs can be made. The list is as follows:
In all fairness, around 700,000 of cars with high-risk airbags have already been fixed, with recalls taking place around 2008 and 2011. So far only one-third of the cars recalled have been fixed, and if you own one of the vehicles listed above, you’ll want to contact your local dealer to have the recall performed as soon as possible. According to the NHTSA Honda has the replacement parts to fix all high-risk cars from this most recent alert, so the turnaround time for the repair should be minimal.
To get the ball rolling, grab your registration or write down your car’s VIN and give your local Honda or Acura dealer a phone call. The dealer can use the VIN to determine if the car is indeed affected by this recall and whether or not the recall has been performed already. If not, it’s time to schedule an appointment and avoid driving the car until the recall is done.