When going over the news today, many of you may have glanced over the number of autos impacted by the latest Honda recall without paying too much attention.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the American Honda Motor Co. has recalled all of the 5,100,000 units of the 2001 through 2007 Accord, 2001 through 2005 Civic, 2002 through 2006 CR-V, 2003 through 2011 Element, 2002 through 2004 Odyssey, 2003 through 2008 Pilot, 2006 Ridgeline, 2003 Acura CL, 2003 through 2006 Acura MDX, and 2002 and 2003 Acura TL vehicles.
The latest Honda recall is part of the major Takata recall campaign launched a few weeks ago. Takata, the auto parts maker, caved in to recommendations coming from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently when it decided to launch a nationwide campaign to ensure all potentially defective air bag inflators are replaced for functional ones.
The inflators present in the dual-stage driver frontal air bags the Honda vehicles were fitted with may be susceptible to moisture intrusion. If that’s the case and the device is impacted by too much moisture, the metal inflators may rupture as the air bags deploy. In the event of a collision, even if minor, the air bag may deploy and the inflators may then rupture, increasing the risks associated with metal projectiles.
In the past, at least five people have died as a result of accidents associated with the Takata air bags.
Car owners who may have been impacted by this recall should expect Honda to contact them in the near future, but until Takata has produced enough units of the inflators, consumers may have to wait some time to have their vehicles repaired.
Any replacements should be carried out by Honda for free. According to the company, impacted car owners should begin receiving notifications from the manufacturer on July 1, 2015. If you were impacted and you’re still confused about this recall, follow this link to read more details or to obtain more information on how you should proceed to have your vehicles fixed.
Auto recalls associated with issues that could lead to major accidents or personal injuries should never be ignored. If consumers are warned about a recall that impacts they vehicles and they fail to act, they become vulnerable to the equipment failure issues associated with the recall. But unfortunately for many consumers, impacted vehicle owners are not contacted when their vehicles recalled. Because automakers fail to advertise their recalls as much as they advertise their new products, few car owners are aware of the risks.