NHTSA warns owners of certain older Hondas, Acuras about defective airbags
NHTSA announced that certain 2001 to 2003 Hondas and Acuras have defective airbags and as such, their owners should not drive them except to the dealership for immediate repair. New test data showed that the vehicles have a much higher risk of ruptures during airbag deployment, which can cause substantial passenger injuries.
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, said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
The affected models are: 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. As with previous Takata airbag problems, the risk is much greater in areas of high humidity, including Florida, Texas and other parts of the Gulf Coast but not the Washington area.
Honda said it has replacement parts from a company other than Takata, reports the Detroit News.Download Bulletin PDF