The National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration (NHTSA) says new tests show the airbags on 300,000 Acura and Honda vehicles have a 50% chance of exploding in an accident, which can send deadly shards of metal and debris shooting through the passenger compartment like shrapnel. That compares to an only 1% chance of airbag explosions in other vehicles.
NHTSA’s statement included very strong language about the danger: “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.”
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.
Almost 70 million airbags in cars in the United States have been recalled as part of a colossal safety scandal at airbag manufacturer Takata since 2014. Vehicles driven in more humid regions are highlighted for more extreme explosion risks. Drivers in states like Florida, Texas, and others along the Gulf Coast face elevated risks. Experts estimate that 20% of the 250+ million cars on American roads were equipped with defective Takata airbags. 13 different automakers used Takata airbags in their vehicles, but Honda and Acura had the lion’s share of those vehicles by a considerable margin.
The specific Honda and Acura models affected by this new immediate “Stop Driving” warning include the:
- 2001-2002 Honda Civic
- 2001-2002 Honda Accord
- 2002-2003 Acura TL
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Acura CL, and the
- 2003 Honda Pilot
Exploding Takata airbags have been tied to 10 deaths in the U.S., eight of which involved cars with the specific type of airbag covered in this new highest-level warning.
Contact A Takata Airbag Recall Lawyer
Lieff Cabraser represents drivers across the U.S. threatened by Takata air bag defects. Nearly 34 million vehicles, most manufactured prior to 2009, have been recalled worldwide due to the problem. This is the largest automotive recall to date in U.S. history. These airbags were installed in U.S. and foreign made cars and pickup trucks including in vehicles made by Acura, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, GM, Chrysler, Nissan, Mazda, and BMW, among others.
Owners and lessees of these vehicles are invited to contact Lieff Cabraser about injuries and their legal rights.