The Takata air bag recall continues to pose a major threat to millions of Americans. By now, you’ve probably heard that many of these air bags have been recalled. Maybe you even drive one of the vehicles that was affected by the recall. But what you might not know is that the oldest of the recalled air bags pose an even more significant risk.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the “Alpha” air bags have a 50 percent risk of the type of failure that has caused serious injuries and even fatalities. Eight of the ten confirmed U.S. deaths caused by Takata air bags ruptures were Alpha air bags. Most of them have been replaced, but thousands are still on the road.
Parts are available to fix these automobiles at no cost to the owner. If you know someone who owns one of the vehicles below, ask them if they have had their air bag replaced. If you own one of these vehicles, contact the manufacturer to get the air bag replaced for free.
Higher-risk air bag inflators are present in certain 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles:
- 2001-2002 Honda Accord
- 2001-2002 Honda Civic
- 2002-2003 Acura TL
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Acura CL
- 2003 Honda Pilot
All the recalled Takata air bags have a life-threatening safety issue. Through exposure to high heat and humidity, metal parts inside the bag can explode and shoot out of the air bag at the driver or passengers. The Alpha air bags are the most threatening and replacing them is the highest priority, but other vehicles are affected as well. You can use the NHTSA’s Recalls Lookup Tool to check for any open recalls on your vehicle.
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