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Potentially deadly airbag inflators on Honda cars


Owners of 2001-2003 Honda/Acura models should take action on recalls

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) and Honda/Acura are urging the owners of certain 2001-2003 model year Honda and Acura vehicles to take them at an authorized dealer for the repair of potentially deadly Takata airbag inflators. Last month, DHSMV and Honda/Acura sent urgent notices to most affected owners. If you are one of them, don't ignore these notices.

Drivers of vehicles affected by this recall should make an appointment as soon as possible and Honda/Acura assures us the replacement airbags are available. Florida’s hot and humid climate increases the chances airbag inflators will explode, making it critical for these vehicle owners to heed the recall notice and immediately take the vehicle in for the necessary repair, said Terry L. Rhodes, Executive Director of the Florida DHSMV.

The explanation is simple. These recalled airbag inflator could cause injuries or even death to drivers or passengers when ruptures occur. The injuries could be produced by pieces of metal that could shoot through the airbag cushion and hit the people who are in the car. According to a recent study, recalled Takata airbag inflators in 2001-2003 Honda/Acura vehicles in the state of Florida, have a rupture rate of 50 percent, even in a minor collision between vehicles.

We care deeply about the safety of our customers, and while all safety recalls are serious, for some of the oldest vehicles affected by the Takata airbag inflator recalls, the situation is even more critical, and owners of these vehicles should arrange repairs as soon as possible, said Bruce Smith, senior vice president of Parts, Service and Technical Operations for American Honda.

The repair of the Takata airbag inflator is free of charge for all customers. Repairs take little time, as the replacement parts for these models are readily available. Anyway, Honda/Acura will offer a loaner car, if necessary.

Here is a list with the targeted models:

  • 2001-2002 Honda Accord
  • 2001-2002 Honda Civic
  • 2002 Honda CR-V
  • 2002 Honda Odyssey
  • 2002 Honda Pilot
  • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
  • 2003 Acura 3.2CL

The affected drivers should immediately call 1-888-234-2138 for repair information. To search for an authorized dealer, costumers can visit or

Honda/Acura owners should check for recalls by locating their vehicle identification number (VIN) which can be found in the top left corner of the vehicle’s dashboard through the windshield and enter the number into the VIN check on, or

You can also find answers to general questions about the Takata airbag inflator recalls, including about the higher risk inflators in these vehicles, at Any concerned customer can also contact Honda/Acura’s Automobile Customer Service at 888-234-2138.

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