In 2014, Honda has initiated a massive recall of vehicles, centered around the dangers of airbags manufactured by Takata. This month, the company added about 3 million more cars to the existing list vehicles included. This addition stems from Honda expanding the previously regional recall to the entire country.
The escalating crisis surrounding the Takata airbags has also included 9 other automakers, all concerned for the safety of passengers. According to the various explanations offered for the recall, the integrity of the air bags is eroded by long-term exposure to highly humid conditions. In certain situations, the airbags may deploy violently, sending metal shards soaring throughout the car.
More than 100 victims have been injured and 4 have been killed as a result of the defective air bags. The affected automakers include Honda, BMW, Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota, and Subaru. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 7.8 million vehicles may be at risk and are included in the nation-wide recall. The NHTSA provides a list of searchable databases for each manufacturer, so that consumers can check their vehicles VIN for any active recalls.
The new expansion to Honda’s recall highlights that the danger to consumers can arise in any state, but areas with high humidity carry a higher risk.
States that are more vulnerable to the Takata air bag defect include:
- South Carolina
- U.S. Island Territories
Companies are scrambling for replacement parts, while manufacturing centers are working at maximum capacity to fill the demand. Concerned vehicle owners may face wait times of weeks or months to have their vehicle serviced and the recalled parts replaced. Each manufacturer is advising their customers, prioritizing repairs, and sending communications in different ways. For instance, Toyota is the only company which recommends that consumers who are waiting for parts to be available shut off the air bags in their vehicle, although safety concerns have been raised over this approach.
Safety recalls are important to comply with, especially when motor vehicles are involved. Check today to see if your vehicle has been included in this massive recall, and, if so, do not underestimate the importance of scheduling service for your vehicle.