NHTSA Identifies Higher-Risk Vehicles for Takata Inflators

Washington, D.C. — August 22, 2016 — As the Takata air bag recalls have developed, more information about risk factors has emerged. Previous announcements have emphasized the environmental factors that could affect these inflators and lead to a higher chance for rupture.

In a June 30 press release, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration listed seven specific model-year ranges of Honda and Acura vehicles with Takata inflators that are more likely to rupture during a crash.

While these vehicles were already part of previous recalls, the statement said that 313,000 affected autos have not been repaired yet. High absolute humidity levels continue to be a significant risk factor, making the recall effort especially important in states like Florida and Texas.

The higher risk level could mean that inflators in the following vehicles have as much as a 50 percent chance of rupture, the source said. The affected Honda vehicles are the Civic and Accord from model years 2001 and 2002, the 2002 Cr-V and Odyssey models, and the 2003 Pilot. The other two ranges of vehicles are the 2002-2003 Acura TL and the 2003 Acura CL.

Dr. Mark Rosekind, administrator for the NHTSA, said, “The air bag inflators in this particular group of vehicles pose a grave danger to drivers and passengers that must be fixed right away.”

Honda will reportedly work harder to address these vehicles specifically, while the NHTSA continues its owner-awareness campaign.

Other totals from the NHTSA shows the repair rate as of June 17. According to this data, the Honda recalls have led to 48.3 percent of air bags repaired so far, the majority of which are passenger-side air bags. Of the 12 makes listed, Honda has the highest overall completion rate so far.

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