US Urges to Stop Driving 313,000 Honda Vehicles as 50 per cent chance of dangerous ruptures detected
American safety regulating body, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has warned that 313,000 vehicles of Honda and Acura manufactured between 2001 and 2003 have a 50 per cent risk of the dangerous airbag rupturing during crash. Found in a recent test data, due to which, the owners have been asked not to drive those vehicles until the problems are fixed.
If the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal is one thing, the Takata airbag inflator issue did as much as overshadowing the former. As much as fourteen deaths were reported worldwide as the Takata airbags are devoid of a certain drying agent and therefore caused a number of incidents due to the ruptures prematurely.
Thirteen of the reported deaths were on Honda vehicles as they erupt with too much force and send metal fragments piercing the body and there in causing fatal incidents mainly to the driver. These vehicles are termed as “unsafe and need to be repaired immediately”. The owners are urged to replace the airbag free of cost at the authorized dealerships of the respective brands.
Honda agreed with the analysis of the NHTSA’s testing data and said 313,000 vehicles are affected. The Takata airbag issue is not restricted to the US as the global phenomenon has forced many manufacturers employing the same system to do emergency recalls. Takata Corporation is fully backing the recall and wants it to be done rapidly to avoid any fatal incidents.
Honda conceded that it was informed of NHTSA’s analysis conducted in Florida that led to high degree of airbag rupturing. The vast recall Honda performed amounted to more than a million vehicles in the US and successfully 70 per cent of the affected cars have been mended.
The notable vehicles included in this list of recall are Civic, Accord, CR-V and Pilot. An US Senator remarked these affected vehicles as “deathtraps” and demanded changes from Honda and Takata on urgent basis. More than 100 million Takata inflators have been stamped as unsafe to ride with globally.