Upgrading a Takata Alpha recall to a “Do Not Drive” warning, Honda urged immediate replacement of older, most dangerous air bags, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Today, Honda has urged owners of certain Honda and Acura vehicles from 2001 to 2003, with unrepaired Takata Alpha driver-side air bag inflators, to not drive them. If you possess one of these vehicles and still have an open Takata Alpha recall, you should have it attended to immediately and for free. To check for recalls for your vehicle, visit here.
These vehicles are two decades old and pose a huge danger to those who ride in them. Alpha air bags are among the oldest under recall and have a 50% chance of not working properly. If the inflators fail, the metal pieces that are propelled in the direction of the driver’s face could cause death or irreversible, life-changing harm.
Takata Alpha Recall for Riskiest Units
Acting Administrator Ann Carlson of the NHTSA urged those with recalled Takata Alpha air bags in their vehicles to get them fixed without delay. “The inflators of these two-decade-old air bags are at risk of rupturing at a 50% chance in the event of a minor crash. Don’t take the risk – arrange for the no-cost repair today before it is too late,” she said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is offering free replacement parts for this recall and urges vehicle owners to quickly examine if their vehicle has an open Takata air bag recall. If it does, they should contact their dealership or Acura/Honda customer service to schedule the repair at no cost, in addition to free towing or mobile repair. Free loaner and rental vehicles are accessible, if necessary.
Takata Alpha Recall: What You Need to Know
Around 8,200 Honda and Acura automobiles with the most hazardous air bags are still in use today. Honda has either replaced or tracked down more than 99% of Alpha inflators, but the owners of these residual vehicles must take immediate action to ensure the safety of themselves and their families.
Cars with Alpha airbags come in the following models:
- The Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V, Odyssey, and Pilot models from 2001-2002
- The Acura 3.2 TL from 2002-2003
- The Acura 3.2CL from 2003
The Takata website of Acura/Honda provides customer service which is reachable at 888-234-2138.
To learn additional details concerning the Takata air bag safety recall, click here.
Discovering whether a product has been recalled is a simple process. One can look up the product name or serial number to determine if there are any active recalls associated with it. If a recall exists, the product should be returned to the manufacturer and they will take the necessary steps to rectify the situation.
Check your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) using the Recalls Lookup Tool provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to identify any open safety recalls, including the Takata recall.
To make the process easier, download the SaferCar app to automate the check for you.
If your vehicle does have a safety recall, contact your automaker’s local dealer to arrange for a free repair for your Takata Alpha Recall
To report a potential safety issue with your car that isn’t currently subject to a recall, reach out to NHTSA via their website or by phoning the Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 between 8 am and 8 pm Eastern time on weekdays. To learn more, head to NHTSA.gov/Recalls.
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