The propellent Takata used is exploding with such force that it’s ripping the inflators into tiny metal fragments and shooting them in the direction of vehicle occupants. To make matters worse, the inflators are exploding in low-speed accidents with very little impact.
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.”
The “High Risk” List
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.
Own one these cars?
- Visit SaferCar.gov to check whether their vehicle has any outstanding safety recalls.
- Call your nearest dealer and schedule a no-cost, immediate repair
Which Acura Vehicles Have Recalled Takata Inflators?
|MDX||2003-2006||Zone A, B|
|TSX Wagon||2011||Zone A|
Acura is in the same automotive family as Honda, which has plenty of its own Takata recalls.
What are Zones?
Some Takata recalls are being broken down into what NHTSA calls “zones”. A zone is a group of states and territories where a vehicle was originally sold or registered at some point in time. A few notes about zones:
- A vehicle can be recalled in more than one zone.
- When no zone is defined, the recall was more widespread. Possibly internationally.
- If you find this all very confusing, you’re not alone my friend.
So, here we go:
- 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.
Takata inflators have been linked to 11 deaths in the USA, so far.
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.”
Takata News and Notes
Honda is recalling nearly 1.3 million Acura and Honda vehicles to replace Takata airbag inflators, many of those vehicles are being recalled a second time.
Honda says it will recall an additional 21 million airbags in Acura and Honda vehicles worldwide to prevent more people from being injured or killed in Honda vehicles. For the U.S., this means an additional 4.5 million Honda vehicles that need their airbags repaired.
Vehicles with driver-side airbags that uses a PSDI-5 Takata inflator need to be recalled as well. To date, Honda/Acura notes no PSDI-5 inflators have ruptured.
NHTSA says three independent investigations prove a combination of time, moisture and high temperatures cause the explosive chemical inside the inflators to become unstable and degrade over time.
Honda has confirmed the death of a 13-year-old boy in a 2001 Acura Accord was caused by an exploding Takata airbag.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed another death due to a Takata Airbag inflator.
Honda has finally kicked out Takata and its exploding airbags after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nailed Takata with a $200 million penalty.