The US safety agency said there are still over 300,000 recalled Honda models that have to urgently be repaired because their Takata airbags pose high risk of rupturing.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that new tests made on some defective Takata inflators in 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles show a far higher risk of rupturing, prompting the agency on an urgent call “to ensure that unrepaired vehicles in this population are found and fixed before they cause further injuries or fatalities.” The targeted models 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 2003 Honda Pilot.
“With as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous airbag inflator rupture in a crash, these vehicles are unsafe and need to be repaired immediately,” US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. “Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge.”
The vehicles in question were previously recalled between 2008 and 2011 and Honda has reported that more than 70 percent of the original group of 1.08 million vehicles have already been fixed. However, there are still around 313,000 units unrepaired and “NHTSA and Honda are asking for the news media and public’s assistance to find the remaining unrepaired vehicles.”
Eight of the 10 confirmed US fatalities because of Takata ruptures, including the most recent in Fort Bend County, Texas, were in this population of vehicles, the agency said. The defective Takata airbags have been linked to as many as 14 deaths worldwide, including 13 in Honda cars.