Honda Motor Co. is recalling 1.2 million Honda and Acura vehicles in North America. More than 1.1 million of those vehicles are in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the federal agency investigating the defect, these vehicles contain defective Takata replacement airbags.
These airbags were initially used to replace Takata driver’s side airbags that were part of a much larger recall or to repair damage from collisions. The larger recall covers 37 million vehicles with defective Takata airbags.
Honda claims it first became aware of the issue after a crash with injuries involving a 2004 Honda Odyssey in January 2018. NHTSA said in a statement that the defect was introduced during manufacturing at Takata’s Mexico facility. During manufacturing, the inflators were exposed to excess moisture.
Takata airbag inflators, which are housed in metal cannisters, are responsible for 23 deaths and more than 290 injuries worldwide. The inflators have a heightened risk of exploding when they are exposed to humid weather conditions over a period of time. This is because moisture degrades the chemical used to inflate the airbags. Exposure to hot and cold cycles can also cause the airbags to degrade.
Is My Vehicle Included in the Latest Honda Recall?
More than 1.1 million Honda and Acura vehicles are covered by this latest recall. Models affected by the recall include:
- 2001 – 2007, and 2009 Honda Accord
- 2002 – 2007 and 2010 – 2011 Honda CR-V
- 2001 – 2005 Honda Civic
- 2003 – 2011 Honda Element
- 2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 – 2008 Honda Pilot
- 2006 – 2014 Honda Ridgeline
- 2007 Honda Fit
- 2003 – 2006 Acura MDX
- 2013 – 2016 Acura ILX
- 2002 – 2003 Acura 3.2TL
- 2004 – 2006 and 2009 – 2014 Acura TL
- 2003 Acura 3.2CL
- 2010 – 2013 Acura ZDX Hatchbacks
Time is of the essence when dealing with a vehicle that contains recalled Takata airbags. You can receive replacement parts for this recall. Honda said that it has replacement parts available.
There are several ways you can check to see if your vehicle is affected by the issue. First, you could contact Acura or Honda directly for this information. It is also possible that a recall notice may eventually arrive in the mail at some point in April. Automakers are required by law to inform you of open recalls.
In addition to calling the dealership, there is another quick and easy method to check the recall status of your vehicle. You could type your 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website. Check your insurance card or vehicle paperwork for the VIN. If for any reason you cannot locate the VIN on your card or paperwork, check near the driver’s side dashboard. NHTSA’s website will let you know about most open recalls affecting your vehicle.
If your vehicle is included in a recall, then you can take it to your nearest dealership for free repairs. Automakers are required to fix recalled vehicles for free. If the parts are not available, be sure to ask the dealership if they can provide you with a loaner vehicle. Don’t drive a vehicle with defective Takata airbags, especially if you have received a “Do Not Drive Warning” from NHTSA. Ask the dealership if they can tow your vehicle into the shop for repairs. You do not have to go to the dealership where you bought the vehicle to receive free repairs.
Filing a Product Liability Lawsuit for a Defective Vehicle
Automakers and parts manufacturers can face product liability lawsuits when their products harm others. Consumers harmed by auto parts or their surviving family members may be able to recover compensation for damages caused by auto defects.
Compensation from a lawsuit can help injured survivors and their families. Some catastrophic injuries result in lifetime care costs in the millions of dollars. A settlement or jury verdict could help pay for expenses caused by the injury or loss, such as medical bills, funeral expenses, and home modifications. These are only few of many potential damages that can be collected in civil lawsuits.
If you or a loved one were harmed by a defective auto part, then you should not wait to contact an attorney. There is a statute of limitations for filing a claim. Crucial evidence can also disappear shortly after an accident.
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