In America, the Honda has been adding more recalls from its Takata airbag recall. There have been more than 2 million vehicles and dealers have been warned that they may be legal action if vehicles are not repaired. This would be because the car dealerships would be violating a stole sale order for the cars affected by the airbag problem.
There are a couple different cars the stop sale and recall is covering. The models of 2007 to 2011 cover the CR-V cross over and the 2011 to 1015 CR-Z coupe and 2009 to 2013 Honda Fit, and 2013 – 2014 Fit EV, 2010 to 2014 insight hybrid and the 2007 to 2014 ridgeline.
These affected vehicles were all listed in a memo sent out on January 30th. Aside from Honda a few other brands were affected like Acura. This includes the 2005 to 2012 Acura RL, 2009 – 2014 Acura TL, 2010 – 2013 Acura ZDX and Acura ILX and RDX.
The amount of vehicles totals about 2.23 million, of cars that are covered. Another announcement stated that 8.51 million vehicles from the U.S market were recalled for the Takata airbag problems with the inflators.
Problem Behind the Recall
One of the major problems behind the recall is due to the driver side airbag inflators. The cars may have over pressurization and that means that it is exposed to high temperatures and humidity. This can then build up and explode during an accident that would spit out sharp projectiles at the people inside of the car.
The Takata airbags have been the primary issue and is also not just limited to Hondas, but millions of other vehicles around the world. The defective airbags are responsible for 10 deaths already so it is imperative to have a swift and efficient recall.
Honda has said that it did not receive any reports about this but would be replacing the parts in any of the affected cars anyhow during a worldwide recall. The replacement parts have yet to be available but will be ordered from a Takata competitor.
Honda also stated that dealerships will be responsible for not responding to these claims and selling a car that hasn’t been repaired yet to the population of car owners.
If an unrepaired vehicle results in a claim that is due to the recall repair then the dealer will be completely responsible for any action taken again them and be leaving American Honda out of it.
It’s in the federal law books that new vehicles with awaiting recalls cannot be sold. This will push the dealers to begin repairing the cars on the new and used vehicles before selling them off to the public. Honda said this will only apply to their own dealerships that they own and not any independently run used car dealerships.
Honda will be issuing another statement later this month to talk about what they can do regarding the recall and when orders will be in for the affected products so that the cars can be repaired.