Have you heard about the Honda airbag recall? If so, you may be surprised to know that the recall could affect you – even if you don’t drive a Honda. If you drive another make and model, even if it’s not Honda, take note – this one’s important.
The recall in question centers around a faulty airbag system that is said to shatter into sharp, dangerous shards upon impact, significantly increasing risk of injury or death if deployed. Take a look at the list of affected vehicles below and please take your vehicle into your dealer to fix the recall as soon as possible.
The advice follows on the heels of news stories about the faulty airbags causing injury and death. Just recently, the New York Times reported that a pregnant Malaysian woman was killed instantly when her Honda’s faulty airbags exploded into the cabin of the vehicle following an accident. Tragically, the woman was reported to be pregnant. Both her and her unborn baby died as a result of the collision.
“The driver crashed into another vehicle. The driver’s SRS airbag deployed abnormally, and the inflator case was broken,” said the head of public relations at Honda Malaysia, according to reports. “The female driver died on the spot.”
This was the first international fatality outside of the United States with regard to the Takata airbag recall. Unfortunately, other individuals in the U.S. have been killed by the faulty airbag system. In one reported incident, shrapnel went flying after a woman crashed her Honda Accord, puzzling doctors as to what could have stabbed the woman in the neck. After careful investigation, it was revealed the airbags were at fault.
“We are cooperating fully with the recall and devoting ourselves as a company to strengthening our quality control,” a company representative said. “We will make every effort to regain trust.”
Unfortunately, though, this recall has had a bumpy road even though the danger of the Takata airbag had been present for quite some time. The news source said that “…a New York Times investigation in September revealed that Honda and Takata had failed for years to take decisive action before issuing the recalls.”
COMPLETE LIST OF AFFECTED VEHICLES
Thanks to Car and Driver Magazine, here is the complete list of vehicles that are affected by the faulty Takata airbag system:
Acura: 2002–2003 CL and TL; 2003–2006 MDX; 2005 RL
BMW (627,615): 2000–2005 3-series sedan and wagon; 2000–2006 3-series coupe and convertible; 2001–2006 M3 coupe and convertible
Chrysler (371,309, including Dodge): 2005–2008 Chrysler 300; 2007–2008 Aspen
Dodge/Ram (371,309, including Chrysler): 2003–2008 Dodge Ram 1500; 2005–2008 Ram 2500, Dakota, and Durango; 2006–2008 Ram 3500 and 4500; 2008 Ram 5500
Ford (58,669): 2004 Ranger; 2005–2006 GT; 2005–2007 Mustang
Honda (5,051,364, including Acura): 2001–2007 Accord; 2001–2005 Civic; 2002–2006 CR-V; 2002–2004 Odyssey; 2003–2011 Element; 2003–2007 Pilot; 2006 Ridgeline
Infiniti: 2001–2004 Infiniti I30/I35; 2002–2003 Infiniti QX4; 2003–2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45; 2006 Infiniti M35/M45
Lexus: 2002–2005 SC430
Mazda (64,872): 2003–2007 Mazda 6; 2006–2007 Mazdaspeed 6; 2004–2008 Mazda RX-8; 2004–2005 MPV; 2004 B-series
Mitsubishi (11,985): 2004–2005 Lancer; 2006–2007 Raider
Nissan (717,364, including Infiniti): 2001–2003 Maxima; 2001–2004 Pathfinder; 2002–2006 Nissan Sentra
Pontiac: 2003–2005 Vibe
Saab: 2005 9-2X
Subaru (17,516): 2003–2005 Baja, Legacy, Outback; 2004–2005 Impreza, Impreza WRX, Impreza WRX STI
Toyota (877,000, including Lexus and Pontiac Vibe): 2002–2005 Toyota Corolla and Sequoia; 2003–2005 Matrix, Tundra
For more information including up-to-date recall statuses, please click here to access the NHTSA statement on Takata airbag inflators.
It’s never been more important to take care of this recall – right now!
WHEN RECALL-RELATED INJURIES OCCUR
If you have been injured as a result of a vehicle recall such as the Takata airbag recall, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Speak to a personal injury lawyer for FREE, 24/7: 1-858-551-2090. We handle recall injuries in San Diego and the greater Southern California area. In addition, we have an extensive network throughout the nation and we can get you the help you need. No matter where you are, we can help. Call us today.
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