Numerous auto manufacturing companies have announced defects and recalls as a result of Takata airbags. Millions of Takata airbag brands have been labeled dangerous due to the potential for rupture during a crash. Unfortunately, at least ten deaths have been attributed to these defects.
More recently, Honda announced that certain vehicles from 2001 through 2003 were equipped with “Alpha” inflators. These were the original driver’s airbag inflators and have recently been assigned a particularly high risk factor in a crash. Acura and Honda vehicles manufactured in those years may face a rupture risk of as high as 50%. Of the ten deaths confirmed by Honda related to Takata airbags, at least eight involved these Alpha inflators. Potentially more troubling is that these recalls have been reported as higher risk in areas of high humidity and heat – things that Georgia is well known for.
Honda urges owners of these Alpha vehicles to drive only to repair locations authorized by the company. Thus far, more than 74% of these Alpha vehicle airbags have been fixed – but that leaves a quarter of vehicles still on roadways in danger of these defects. For a complete list of vehicles that include Alpha inflators included in the recall, visit hondaairbaginfo.com.
If your vehicle is included in the list of recalled models, you should have little trouble receiving service. Most authorized dealers for repair have an excess of parts and all offer free corrections. Honda is even offering complimentary rental or loaner vehicles while your vehicle is being repaired. There’s no risk in taking your vehicle for repair.