Thursday, 08 September 2016 14:19

Statement by American Honda Expands Initiative for Airbag Recall

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2002 Honda Civic (left) and 2001 Honda Accord (right); two vehicles included in the recall of Takata PSDI front driver airbag inflators (“Alpha” inflators) requiring immediate replacement.


While the Takata airbag inflator recalls affecting over 25 automotive brands in the United States have received a good amount of attention over the last few years, many affected vehicles have not yet been repaired, and we’re doing our best to encourage owners of recalled Honda and Acura vehicles to seek free repairs as soon as possible.

As part of that effort, you may recall that, in October 2015, we created and distributed Takata airbag inflator recall awareness posters tailored toward independent mechanical repair shops, collision repair shops and auto parts stores. The response to this effort was, frankly amazing, with over 120,000 posters distributed to independent shops across the country, and we greatly appreciate the efforts of everyone involved.


Since the time of that original initiative, the Takata airbag inflator recalls have expanded to include more models and model years, and we are now preparing to distribute updated posters that reflect the latest information. In the coming days, independent mechanical repair shops, collision repair shops, and auto parts sales personnel will start receiving the September issues of the following magazines: Brake & Front End, Import Car, Underhood Service, Tire Review, BodyShop Business, and Counterman. Inside each issue will be a fold-out poster showing all affected Honda and Acura vehicles along with a phone number and websites where vehicle VINs can be checked for their recall status.


As with the original poster, shops and stores are encouraged to post the information where technicians, collision estimators, service managers, service writers, parts sales personnel, and customers can see them. When any of the affected models are encountered, shops are encouraged to check the vehicle’s VIN to see if the recall has been performed and if not, strongly encourage our mutual customer, the Honda or Acura owner, to immediately arrange a FREE repair at their local dealer. Using the VIN, anyone can check a Honda or Acura vehicle’s recall status by going to www.recalls.honda.com, www.recalls.acura.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.


More detailed information about Honda’s efforts surrounding the Takata airbag inflator recalls can also be found at www.hondaairbaginfo.com.


Gary Ledoux
Collision Repair Assistant National Manager American Honda Motor Co.