These Acura Vehicles Have Dangerous Takata Airbag Inflators

Key Points

  • The Takata airbag recall is the largest automotive recall in U.S. history with more than 100 million vehicles affected worldwide.
  • The inflators become unstable over time and can rupture / explode during an airbag deployment, shooting metal fragments into the cabin.
  • The problem is responsible for at least 27 deaths worldwide.
Crash ttest dummy about to slam into an airbag with a super-imposed Takata logo
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Takata's inflators use a chemical called ammonium nitrate to inflate the airbag during a crash. The ammonium nitrate can become unstable when exposed to temperature fluctuations or high humidity, causing the inflators to explode with an unexpected amount of force. How much force? Enough to rupture the metal cannister during a deployment and spray sharp fragments out into the cabin during a crash.

Accornding to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at least 15 drivers have been killed and 250 people injured by an exploding Takata inflator.

High Risk Vehicles

Certain 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles have been labeled as having a “high risk” of airbag inflator ruptures. In late June, 2016, NHTSA urged owners of these cars to stop driving immediately.

"With as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous air bag inflator rupture in a crash, these vehicles are unsafe and need to be repaired immediately,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge."

MakeModelYears
AcuraCL2003
TL2002-2003
HondaAccord2001-2002
Civic2001-2002
CR-V2002
Odyssey2002
Pilot2003

It's important to note: the vehicles in question have already been recalled between 2008 and 2011. According to NHTSA's data, however, only 70% received repairs. That leaves 313,000 vehicles that need critical repairs immediately. If you own one of the following cars:

  1. Visit SaferCar.gov to check whether their vehicle has any outstanding safety recalls.
  2. Call your nearest dealer and schedule a no-cost, immediate repair.

Full List of Acura Vehicles with Recalled Takata Inflators

Given the scope of these recalls, NHTSA decided to spread out the recalls to get replacements to owners in the highest-risk regions or zones first. The last wave of inflator-related recalls is expected to begin in early 2020.

A zone is a group of states and territories where a vehicle was originally sold or registered at some point in time.

  • Zone A: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Zone B: Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
  • Zone C: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Take Action

Owners of these vehicles are urged to call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit this site for more information.

"Consumers that are uncertain whether their vehicle is impacted by the Takata recalls, or any other recall, can contact their manufacturer’s website to search, by their vehicle identification number (VIN) to confirm whether their individual vehicle has an open recall that needs to be addressed."

Problem Timeline

Generations Where This Problem Has Been Reported

This problem has popped up in the following Acura generations.

Most years within a generation share the same parts and manufacturing process. You can also expect them to share the same problems. So while it may not be a problem in every year yet, it's worth looking out for.

  1. 2nd Generation CL

    Years
    2001–2003
    Reliability
    17th out of 30
    PainRank
    2.65
    Complaints
    17
    Continue
  2. 1st Generation ILX

    Years
    2013–2020
    Reliability
    15th out of 30
    PainRank
    1.15
    Complaints
    17
    Continue Front 3/4 view of a ILX
  3. 1st Generation ILX Hybrid

    Years
    2013–2015
    Reliability
    15th out of 30
    PainRank
    N/A
    Complaints
    0
    Continue
  4. 1st Generation MDX

    Years
    2001–2006
    Reliability
    27th out of 30
    PainRank
    5.52
    Complaints
    103
    Continue
  5. 1st Generation RDX

    Years
    2007–2012
    Reliability
    19th out of 30
    PainRank
    3.5
    Complaints
    36
    Continue Front 3/4 view of a RDX
  6. 2nd Generation RDX

    Years
    2013–2018
    Reliability
    21st out of 30
    PainRank
    4.08
    Complaints
    59
    Continue Front 3/4 view of a RDX
  7. 2nd Generation TL

    Years
    1999–2003
    Reliability
    26th out of 30
    PainRank
    5.48
    Complaints
    101
    Continue
  8. 3rd Generation TL

    Years
    2004–2008
    Reliability
    30th out of 30
    PainRank
    10.51
    Complaints
    179
    Continue Front 3/4 view of a TL
  9. 4th Generation TL

    Years
    2009–2014
    Reliability
    23rd out of 30
    PainRank
    4.9
    Complaints
    68
    Continue Front 3/4 view of a TL
  10. 2nd Generation TSX

    Years
    2009–2014
    Reliability
    20th out of 30
    PainRank
    3.94
    Complaints
    91
    Continue Front 3/4 view of a TSX

OK, Now What?

Maybe you've experienced this problem. Maybe you're concerned you will soon. Whatever the reason, here's a handful of things you can do to make sure it gets the attention it deserves.

  1. File Your Complaint

    CarComplaints.com is a free site dedicated to uncovering problem trends and informing owners about potential issues with their cars. Major class action law firms use this data when researching cases.

    Add a Complaint
  2. Notify CAS

    The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is a pro-consumer organization that researches auto safety issues & often compels the US government to do the right thing through lobbying & lawsuits.

    Notify The CAS
  3. Report a Safety Concern

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues.

    Report to NHTSA