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Faulty Takata air bag inflators on 300,000 Honda cars still to be repaired

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Just days after a 50-year-old female died because of a faulty Takata air bag inflator while driving a 2001 Honda Civic in Riverside County, California, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has revealed that as many as 300,000 Honda cars affected by the Takata recall still need to repaired.

The woman died in a crash and according to investigation she died after sustaining injuries on September 30 the fatality has been tied to ruptures of Takata air bag inflators. This is the 11th confirmed U.S. fatality tied to faulty air bags. According to NHTSA, the woman was driving a 2001 Honda Civic, which was first recalled in 2008, and records show that the recall repair was never completed

The vehicle is included in a population of Honda and Acura vehicles which has been identified by NHTSA as holding “substantially higher risk.” The air bag inflators in these particular vehicles contain a manufacturing defect which greatly increases the potential for dangerous rupture when a crash causes the air bag to deploy. Ruptures are far more likely in inflators in vehicles that have spent significant periods of time in areas of high absolute humidity — particularly Florida, Texas, other parts of the Gulf Coast, and Southern California. Testing of the inflators from these vehicles show rupture rates as high as 50 percent in a laboratory setting.

The Department of Transportation continues to ask for the news media and public’s assistance to find the remaining unrepaired vehicles. Drivers of these vehicles should immediately visit SaferCar.gov to check whether their vehicle has any outstanding safety recalls. Those that do should contact their nearest dealer to schedule a no-cost immediate repair. Replacement parts for these vehicles are available immediately.

NHTSA and the Independent Monitor of Takata and the Coordinated Remedy Program are exercising aggressive oversight of the recall of these vehicles. In June, the Department of Transportation told vehicle owners to not drive the vehicles unless directly to a dealer to have them repaired. Honda reports there are just under 300,000 vehicles in the population not yet repaired or accounted for.

The higher-risk inflators are in the following 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles:

  • 2001-2002 Honda Civic
  • 2001-2002 Honda Accord
  • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
  • 2002 Honda CR-V
  • 2002 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003 Acura 3.2CL
  • 2003 Honda Pilot

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