NHTSA Announces Urgent Recall for Subset of Takata Airbag Inflators in Honda, Acura Vehicles

The affected inflators are in model year 2001-2003 vehicles

NHTSA Announces Urgent Recall for Subset of Takata Airbag Inflators in Honda, Acura Vehicles
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June 30, 2016

New testing conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has revealed that a particular subset of defective Takata airbag inflators in certain Honda and Acura vehicles show a far higher risk of ruptures during airbag deployment. In light of this discovery, the agency is issuing an urgent recall to ensure that unrepaired vehicles from this subset are found and fixed before they cause further injuries or fatalities.

The high-risk inflators are in certain models of the following vehicles:

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

The inflators in these vehicles contain a manufacturing defect which greatly increases the potential for dangerous rupture. Testing show rupture rates as high as 50 percent in a laboratory setting. By comparison, testing performed on similarly aged recalled Takata inflators that do not have the same manufacturing defect shows rupture rates at less than one percent.

Ruptures are far more likely in inflators in vehicles that spent significant periods of time in areas of high absolute humidity — particularly Florida, Texas and other parts of the Gulf Coast.

Honda has reported that more than 70 percent of this higher-risk population of vehicles has already been repaired, but approximately 313,000 vehicles with this very dangerous defect remain unrepaired. The risk posed by the airbag inflators in these vehicles is serious, and it is critical they be repaired now to avoid more deaths and serious injuries.

"The airbag inflators in this particular group of vehicles pose a grave danger to drivers and passengers that must be fixed right away," said NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind, in a written statement. "Drivers should visit SaferCar.gov or contact their local dealer to check whether their vehicle is affected. If it is, they should have the vehicle repaired immediately for free at an authorized dealer. We commend Honda for taking additional actions to get these vehicles repaired."