The U.S. government and Honda are taking the unusual step of telling owners of certain older model Honda cars and SUVS to stop driving them and immediately have them repaired because defective airbags make them dangerous to drive.
“We want to get them off the road,” says Honda spokesman Marcos Frommer.”We want them to drive them right to the dealer and get them repaired,”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued the warning Thursday covering about 313,000 vehicles from model years 2001 to 2003 that have airbag inflators made by Takata. Takata is a Japanese auto supplier whose airbags are already the subject of the largest recall in history.
The urgent warning issued by NHTSA today relates to the 2001 to 2002 Honda Civic and Accord, the 2002 to 2003 Acura TL, the 2002 CR-V and Odyssey, and 2003 Pilot and Acura CL.
The air bag inflators in the vehicles “contain a manufacturing defect which greatly increases the potential for dangerous rupture,” NHTSA said in a statement.
U.S. auto safety regulators warned on Thursday that Takata air bag inflators on more than 300,000 unrepaired recalled Honda vehicles show a substantial risk of rupturing, and urged owners to stop driving the “unsafe” cars until they have been fixed. James Valles reporting (BNO News)