NHTSA, Honda tell owners to stop using airbag recall affected cars

NHTSA, Honda tell owners to stop using airbag recall affected cars image

Text: Anton Andres / Photos: IIHS | posted July 01, 2016 12:01

Hish risk in 2001-2003 Honda/Acura models

The National Highway Transport Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced an urgent technical service bulletin (TSB) on Honda and Acura models made from 2001 to 2003. The agency says that these particular models are at high risk and, along with Honda, are pleading with owners not to drive vehicles with faulty modules.

According to NHTSA, an estimated 313,000 cars with the potentially fatal airbag inflators are still on US roads. Cars affected by the TSB include the 2001-2002 Civic and Accord, 2002 CR-V and Odyssey, 2003 Pilot, 2002-2003 Acura TL, and 2003 Acura CL. NHTSA adds that the faulty airbag inflators have been tied to over one hundred injuries in the US and thirteen deaths worldwide. It involves around the lack of material absorbing moisture in the inflator. When exposed to high heat and humidity, it degrades the ammonium-nitrate propellant in the inflator which causes the airbag to deploy too quickly and violently, sending shrapnel to the occupants inside. NHTSA has called the Takata inflators a “ticking time bomb.”

Other Honda and Acura models part of the TSB include the 2009 to 2011 Acura TSX, TSX Sportwagon and to the 2010 to 2011 Acura ZDX. Other Hondas include the 2008 to 2011 Accord, Early model Accord Crosstours, 2006 to 2011 Civic, the previous generation CR-V and FCX Clarity, Fit (Jazz) Insight and previous generation Pilot. “The air bag 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.

Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) has also urged owners to get their inflators replaced. Models affected include the CR-V, City and Jazz from 2011 to 2014. The safety campaign is part of the global Takata airbag recall. The inflator may be replaced at Honda dealerships nationwide and is free of charge. Honda has also dropped Takata as an airbag supplier back in November 2015. Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada will be reportedly resigning from his post as soon as the fiasco has been resolved.