Last month, we posted a blog detailing what is the nation’s largest airbag recall involving the Takata airbags in 13 different vehicle makes and models. The recall includes roughly 63 million recalled Takata airbags since 2014. Now, federal regulators are warning the owners of over 300,000 Hondas and Acuras to stop operating their vehicles right away and not drive them until the airbags have been replaced.
Reports are surfacing regarding new tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showing that the Takata airbags have a 50% chance of exploding after the vehicle is involved in a collision. By comparison, other airbags have a 1% chance of explosion. The exploding airbags have been linked to 10 deaths already in the United States. Of those deaths, eight of them involved the specific airbag that federal regulators are warning about now.
Of the 260 million vehicles in the U.S., it is estimated that 20% of them contain or have had a defective Takata airbag. Some of the vehicles have two airbags that need to be replaced. It is estimated that the replacements will take until 2019 to complete due to the unavailability of all the necessary parts.
The models include:
- 2001 – 2002 Honda Accord
- 2001 – 2002 Honda Civic
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2002 – 2003 Acura TL
- 2003 Honda Pilot
- 2003 Acura CL
So far, roughly 700,000 vehicles with the airbags have been fixed with 8.9 million Takata airbags being replaced in the past year. It may take years for the remaining vehicles to be fixed.