American Honda Motor Company is accelerating its Takata recall, calling an additional 1.35 million vehicles containing defective airbags in for repair.
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The Torrance, California-based manufacturer notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that thanks to a “sufficient supply of final remedy inflators” the company is recalling 1,357,311 2010 Acura TSX, 2011 Acura TSX Wagon, 2013 Acura ZDX, 2011 Acura TSX, 2012 Acura TSX, 2013 Acura TSX, 2014 Acura TSX, 2012 Acura TSX Wagon, 2014 Acura TSX Wagon, 2010 Acura ZDX, 2011 Acura ZDX, 2012 Acura ZDX, 2010 Honda Accord, 2011 Honda Accord, 2012 Honda Accord, 2010 Honda Crosstour, 2011 Honda Crosstour, 2012 Honda Crosstour, 2013 Honda Crosstour, 2015 Honda Crosstour, 2010 Honda Civic NGV, 2011 Honda Civic NGV, 2014 Honda Crosstour, 2010 Honda Civic, 2011 Honda Civic, 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid, 2011 Honda Civic Hybrid, 2010 Honda CR-V, 2014 Honda FCX Clarity, 2010 Honda Fit, 2011 Honda Insight, 2011 Honda CR-V, 2011 Honda Fit, 2012 Honda Fit, 2013 Honda Fit, 2014 Honda Fit EV, 2010 Honda Insight, 2012 Honda Insight, 2013 Honda Insight, 2014 Honda Insight, 2010 Honda Pilot, 2011 Honda Pilot, 2012 Honda Pilot, 2013 Honda Pilot, 2014 Honda Pilot and 2015 Honda Pilot vehicles built between May 6, 2009 and June 24, 2015.
The affected vehicles contain airbag inflators built and supplied by now-defunct airbag creator Takata. The inflators use non-desiccated phased-stabilized ammonium nitrate wafers as propellant. The inflators consist of a metal cartridge loaded with these wafers. A crash ignites the propellant, expanding the airbags. However, the recalled inflators can rupture, sending metal shards into the car’s passenger cabin. These shards can injure or kill occupants. A USA Today report states the defective inflators killed at least 20 people worldwide, and caused more than 180 injuries.
Approximately 42 million vehicles across the United States are affected by the Takata recall, including 3.3 million additional vehicles reported in a Jan. 7, 2018 USA Today report. That announcement covered model year 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles from Honda, Toyota, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Tesla.
Takata filed for bankruptcy on June 26, 2017, while still facing billions of dollars in lawsuits over the defective inflators.
Key Safety Systems, a U.S.-based auto component company, bought Takata’s non-airbag related assets for $1.6 billion shortly after Takata filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Honda will notify owners and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall will begin Nov. 13, 2018. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s numbers for this recall are M2J and S2K. Honda consumers can also visit the NHTSA’s website, and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you. Lemon law attorneys assist their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.
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