Federal safety regulators announced more than 300,000 Hondas and Acuras should not be driven until their Takata airbags are replaced.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said new tests show these airbags have a much higher risk of exploding and killing a driver or passenger. These airbags have a 50% chance of exploding when they are deployed in an accident, according to the agency. Other Takata airbags have less than a 1% chance of exploding.
Cars located in humid regions of the country such as Texas, Florida and the Gulf Coast are at particular risk.
The models identified by NHTSA include: 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.
One large recall that stands out this year is when Hyundai and Kia, which are owned by the same South Korean company, recalled an estimated combined 1.8 million vehicles due to issues with the electrical and airbag systems. The problems could have caused serious injuries for drivers, passengers and even pedestrians. Hyundai and Kia are now issuing a few new recalls this week.
In early April, several of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers announced a collective recall of more than 3 million vehicles because of airbags that may deploy with too much pressure and fire shrapnel outward into the driver’s body.
Last year, Honda was second only to Toyota in the number of recalls in the United States, and the Japanese manufacturer seems to be continuing that trend this year. Since the beginning of April, Honda has issued recalls for over 700,000 vehicles, including their recent recall for over 200,000 vehicles to fix a gear-shift mechanism that could accidentally shift the vehicle into drive without pressing the brake pedal. With another major recall issued this past Frida
On August 30, 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Meijer Inc., of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is voluntarily recalling approximately 68,000 youth and adult bikes. The recalled products include various models of Huffy, Iron Horse, Mongoose, Pacific, Razor, Northwoods and Schwinn bicycles.