The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release regarding new test data of a particular subset of Takata air bag inflators. According to the new data, certain model-year 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles have a far higher risk of ruptures during air bag deployment than other vehicles. There is an urgent call from the NHTSA to ensure vehicles in these groups are found and fixed before they cause any further injuries or fatalities. The NHTSA is calling on the public and news media outlets to assist in finding these unrepaired high-risk vehicles. According to the recent data, there could be a 50 percent chance of a dangerous air bag inflator rupture in a crash. The high-risk vehicles in question are listed below.
High-Risk Takata Air Bag Recall Vehicles
- 2001-2002 Honda Civic
- 2001-2002 Honda Accord
- 2002-2003 Acura TL
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Acura CL
- 2003 Honda Pilot
Drivers in Southern California Beware
The NHTSA reports that vehicles that have spent a significant amount of time in areas of high absolute humidity are particularly at risk. Drivers in Southern California, Florida, Texas and other areas along the Gulf Coast are being warned that vehicles from these areas show rupture rates as high as 50 percent in laboratory settings. If you’re in an accident, and your airbags inflate, you could have a 50 percent chance of an explosion that could send shrapnel into your facial, neck, and chest regions. According to Honda, approximately 313,000 vehicles remain unrepaired at this time.
Drivers Are in Grave Danger
NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind recently said “The air bag inflators in this particular group of vehicles pose a grave danger to drivers and passengers that must be fixed right away.” Go to Safercar.gov immediately to check if your vehicle is currently under recall for this deadly issue. It only takes a few minutes, and it could save your life. Your vehicle needs to be repaired immediately, for free, at an authorized dealer.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident due to a dangerous or defective auto part, contact the skilled and experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free consultation.
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