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NHTSA 16-16
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Contact: Bryan Thomas, 202-366-9550,

NHTSA calls on news media and public to assist in finding unrepaired high-risk vehicles

WASHINGTON – New test data on a particular subset of defective Takata air bag inflators in certain model-year 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles show a far higher risk of ruptures during air bag deployment, prompting an urgent call from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ensure that unrepaired vehicles in this population are found and fixed before they cause further injuries or fatalities.

"With as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous air bag inflator rupture in a crash, these vehicles are unsafe and need to be repaired immediately," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge."

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

The air bag inflators in these particular vehicles contain a manufacturing defect which greatly increases the potential for dangerous rupture when a crash causes the air bag to deploy. Ruptures are far more likely in inflators in vehicles that have spent significant periods of time in areas of high absolute humidity—particularly Florida, Texas, other parts of the Gulf Coast, and Southern California. Testing of the inflators from these vehicles show rupture rates as high as 50 percent in a laboratory setting.

The vehicles in question were recalled between 2008 and 2011. Honda has reported that more than 70 percent of this higher-risk population of vehicles has already been repaired, but approximately 313,000 vehicles with this very dangerous defect remain unrepaired. The risk posed by the airbag inflators in these vehicles is grave, and it is critical they be repaired now to avoid more deaths and serious injuries.

NHTSA and Honda are asking for the news media and public's assistance to find the remaining unrepaired vehicles. Drivers of these vehicles should immediately visit to check whether their vehicle has any outstanding safety recalls. Those that do should contact their nearest dealer to schedule a no-cost immediate repair. Replacement parts for these vehicles are available immediately.

Photograph of 2001-2002 model Honda Civic and Accord
Examples of 2001-2002 model Honda Civic (left) and Honda Accord. High quality versions for print and broadcast may be accessed here

"The air bag inflators in this particular group of vehicles pose a grave danger to drivers and passengers that must be fixed right away," said NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind. "Drivers should visit or contact their local dealer to check whether their vehicle is affected. If it is, they should have the vehicle repaired immediately for free at an authorized dealer. We commend Honda for taking additional actions to get these vehicles repaired."

Though the vehicles are already under recall, NHTSA ordered Takata to perform additional ballistic testing following recent reports of ruptures. Eight of the 10 confirmed U.S. fatalities due to Takata ruptures — including the most recent in Fort Bend County, Texas — were in this population of vehicles.

Honda has committed to immediately taking additional actions to enhance their efforts to find and fix recalled vehicles. Honda will provide additional information about their efforts. NHTSA has also directed Honda to report weekly on the progress of vehicle repairs.

NHTSA is also expanding its own direct consumer outreach, including a paid media campaign and a series of outreach events in high-risk areas this summer. NHTSA has also engaged the vehicle insurance industry to help locate the unremedied vehicles.

Background on the Takata recalls: Nearly 70 million Takata air bag inflators are or will be under recall by 2019, in the largest and most complex auto safety recall in U.S. history. A combination of time, environmental moisture and fluctuating high temperatures contributes to the degradation of the ammonium nitrate propellant in the inflators. Such degradation can cause the propellant to burn too quickly, rupturing the inflator module and sending shrapnel through the air bag and into the vehicle occupants. More information can be found here 

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The ASC was founded in 1961 as the American Seat Belt Council to assist in establishing uniform production and quality standards for seat belts. With the introduction of airbags, the name was changed to Automotive Occupant Restraints Council (AORC) in 1988 to better represent its diverse membership. In 2011, the organization became the Automotive Safety Council as the membership expanded to include suppliers of Acive Safety products which include braking and steering systems that, when coupled with advanced sensors, prevent accidents. The organization is international and includes manufacturers and suppliers of airbags, airbag components, seat belts, automotive seating and interior safety components, child seats, braking systems, steering systems and electronics.

Nearly 90 percent of the Active, Passive, Child and Interiors safety industry manufacturers and suppliers are ASC members. The Council now speaks for the industry, representing its interests and presenting its views on any and all national and international levels.

The Council and its members have been active in promoting safety through numerous activities including saved by the belt, saved by the bag, click it or ticket, state seat belt laws, technology fairs, annual technology meetings, child seat installation demonstrations and training, children in the back seat campaign and many more.

The Council has a presence in Washington, D.C., providing greater attention to important regulatory and legislative affairs. Additionally, with the increasing globalization of our industry, ASC is becoming more international in focus.

The Council operates under the guidance of a Board of Directors and an Executive Committee with a President and Administrator to carry out the day to day business of the organization.

The Automotive Safety Council has eleven committees including nine focusing on technical issues and two others to handle public education and government relations. The work of these committees benefits all members and the entire industry. We work with many government agencies on standards, technology and safety issues. We provide comments and petitions to the NHTSA and information to the Congress as needed in considering legislation. We are not a lobbying organization – we are an educator and information provider.We work closely with other industry associations, such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Global Automakers , Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the National Safety Council and the Automotive Recyclers Association.

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The mission of the Automotive Safety Council is to improve the safety of people through out the world through the development, production and implementation of the latest automotive safety equipment by preventing accidents, protecting occupants and pedestrians when in a collision and to notify emergency responders after the collision when necesssary. The mission utilizes voluntary, regulatory and legislative directed use of these life saving products in order to make it available to the most people in the lowest cost manner to save the most people from injuries and fatalities.
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