WASHINGTON (June 30, 2016) — U.S. officials are warning owners of certain 2001-03 Honda and Acura vehicles to stop driving their cars.
They cited new data showing the vehicles' Takata Corp.-manufactured airbag inflators have as much as a 50-percent chance of exploding in a crash.
The warning June 30 applies to about 313,000 units of the 2001-02 Honda Civic and Accord, the 2002-03 Acura TL, 2002 Honda CR-V and Odyssey, 2003 Acura CL and 2003 Honda Pilot that were recalled from 2008-11 for Takata inflators that have not yet been repaired.
“Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement.
The vehicles contain a manufacturing defect that “greatly increases the potential for dangerous rupture when a crash causes the airbag to deploy,” the Transportation Department said in a statement. Lab tests of the vehicles showed rupture rates of has high as 50 percent.
The statement added: “The risk posed by the airbag inflators in these vehicles is grave, and it is critical they be repaired now to avoid more deaths and serious injuries.”
This report appeared on the website of Automotive News, a Detroit-based sister publication of Tire Business.