American Honda takes extraordinary measures in wake of latest Takata recall
As an automotive journalist, this guy would just assume never read about or report on an automotive part or component recall. But, in the case of Takata Air Bag, the news just keeps on coming.
With Takata finally stepping up to the mic and announcing the scope of this monster, now involving 30,000,000 + vehicles, and 10 automakers, American Honda announced an expansion of their ongoing airbag recall measure, and what the company is doing for impacted consumers to help facilitate the inspection and subsequent replacement of the (possibly) defective airbag component.
Honda’s recall is expanded to 6.28 vehicles
As of May, 28. 2015. that’s an additional 350,000 vehicles included in Honda’s extraordinary preventative recall measure. Note: It will take time for Honda to identify this latest round of impacted vehicles. However, according to A.H.M., no Honda or Acura car or light truck manufactured later than 2012 is included in the recall.
Read what Honda’s doing for consumers
As earlier announced by Torque News, the dealer service department inspection and subsequent replacement of the defective part is at no charge to the owner of the recalled vehicle. Furthermore, Honda has arranged through participating dealers a loaner car program for impacted consumers without interim transportation. As of this posting Honda claims a repair rate of 50,000 vehicles per week, and little to no backlog as to model specific replacement parts.
American Honda Motors further reports that multiple airbag component manufactures have been brought on board to help facility an accelerated and relatively seamless recall experience for Honda owners. We know one thing for sure, this car will not be included in the airbag recall.
Will this be the final airbag related recall, and is my car on the list
The following excerpt is from Honda’s announcement of May 28, 2015: The specific VINs associated with the approximately 350,000 vehicles we are adding are in the process of being identified, verified and uploaded, so customers should continue checking their vehicles' current recall status by visitingwww.recalls.honda.com for Honda owners or www.recalls.acura.com for Acura owners.
Customers may also call 1-800-999-1009 for Honda or 1-800-382-2238 for Acura, and press option 4. It may be a few weeks before all vehicles are uploaded, so customers are urged to continue checking.
Please know that Honda is working diligently, on many fronts, to determine a root cause associated with Takata airbag inflator ruptures. The safety of our customers remains our top priority, and we will not rest until this matter is fully resolved.
Overall Summary of All Models Affected by One or More Takata Airbag Inflator recall or SIC (certain specific models only):
2001-2007 Honda Accord
2001-2005 Honda Civic
2002-2006 Honda CR-V
2003-2011 Honda Element
2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
2003-2008 Honda Pilot
2006 Honda Ridgeline
2003-2006 Acura MDX
2002-2003 Acura TL
2003 Acura CL
2005 Acura RL
Bruce T. Smith
Senior Vice President, Parts, Service, Technical, Export & Auto Operations
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
On a personal note: Please take a moment to check you vehicle VIN # with Honda and Acura. As we hope this to be the final expansion of the largest product recall in the history of the United States. Who knows, only time will tell.