You’ve likely heard that tens of millions of Takata air bags are or will be under recall due to a serious safety defect. What you might not know is that the oldest of these air bags, referred to as “Alphas,” pose a 50 percent risk of a type of failure that has caused serious injuries and deaths. Nine of the 18 confirmed U.S. fatalities due to Takata ruptures were Alpha air bags. While the majority of these air bags have been replaced, thousands are still on the road.
We need to work together to reach the owners of vehicles with Alpha air bags so these vehicles can be repaired. Parts are available to fix these vehicles right now. If you own one of the vehicles below and have not had it repaired, immediately contact your vehicle’s manufacturer to get your air bag replaced for free. If you know someone who owns one of these vehicles, ask them if their vehicle has been fixed.
The higher-risk inflators are in certain 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles:
- 2001-2002 Honda Civic
- 2001-2002 Honda Accord
- 2002-2003 Acura TL
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Acura CL
- 2003 Honda Pilot
All recalled Takata air bags have a serious safety defect. Exposure to high heat and humidity over time can cause metal parts inside the air bag to explode and shoot out of the air bag at the driver or passengers. Testing shows that older air bags in places with hot and humid weather are more likely to have an air bag that could explode. Some air bags are not currently dangerous, but will need to be replaced in the future. Many are not safe right now and must be replaced immediately. The Alpha air bags are the most dangerous and their replacement is the highest priority.
Vehicle owners are urged to use NHTSA’s Recalls Lookup Tool to check their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for any open recalls, including Takata recalls. Every year, twice a year, vehicle owners should check for open recalls using the tool. Use the beginning and end of Daylight Saving Time as a reminder to check for recalls.
Finding and fixing all of the Alpha inflator vehicles has been a challenge as many of these older vehicles have changed hands numerous times. Help us protect people by reaching out to anyone you might know who owns one of the affected Honda or Acura vehicles. Protect yourself by checking to see if your vehicle is affected by this or any other recall. Your safety depends on it.