US urges immediate fix of some faulty Takata airbags
NEW YORK, USA – US auto safety regulators on Thursday, June 30, urged owners of 7 Honda and Acura models with especially defective Takata airbags to immediately have the cars fixed.
Describing the hazard in these vehicles as "grave," the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the risk was greatest in hot and humid regions of the US, such as Florida, Texas, and the Gulf Coast.
The NHTSA announcement came ahead of the July 4th holiday weekend, often a time when Americans take road trips near the peak of the summer vacation season.
"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 Mark Rosekind.
"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."
The most defective airbags were found in the following Honda-made models: 2001-2002 Honda Civic, 2001-2002 Honda Accord, 2002-2003 Acura TL, 2002 Honda CR-V, 2002 Honda Odyssey, 2003 Acura CL, and 2003 Honda Pilot.
The NHTSA said 8 of 10 confirmed fatalities in the US due to Takata ruptures were from this group of vehicles.
Honda has repaired more than 70% of the vehicles in this group, but some 313,000 vehicles remain unrepaired, the agency said. – Rappler.com