By on November 27, 2014

2000 Acura TL

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is ordering Takata to conduct a nationwide recall of its airbags, while Honda was found to have issued Takata-related recalls as early as 2002.

Reuters learned the automaker called back 2,686 vehicles — including the 2000 Honda Accord and Acura TL — in March of 2002, citing a November 2001 report from a dealer who witnessed an “improper deployment” of a Takata airbag in an Accord. The incident prompted both the automaker and the supplier to investigate, leading to the recall months later.

The recall, which focused on passenger airbags deploying due to improper welds, could further plunge Honda into hot water with federal regulators, especially since Honda North America executive vice president Rick Schostek testified before Congress that the first time his employer had known of an airbag failure was in 2004. The NHTSA is “actively investigating” the automaker presently, using information going back to 1998 in so doing.

The agency also formally issued an order to Takata to declare a nationwide recall by December 2 of the driver-side airbags at-fault for a number of injuries and fatalities due to catastrophic failure upon deployment. Per Bloomberg, should the supplier fail to meet the deadline, the NHTSA will force the recall, and fine the company $7,000 for every violation found. Takata representative Toyohiro Hishikawa said the company’s execs were discussing how best to respond to the letter.

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19 Comments on “NHTSA Orders Takata To Recall Airbags By December 2...”

  • avatar

    I am starting to find it ridiculous that their are recalls on cars over ten years old, I understand it is unsafe but so is 10 year old suspension, bald tires, and other neglect that is usually common because of the US’s lack of road worthiness tests. Does the government have a forced period when faulty air bags should be under warranty, such as emissions 8 year 80k miles regardless of manufacturer?

    • 0 avatar

      It is not ridiculous at all. Three of my five cars are older that 10 years of age and not one of them is “neglected” to use your words. And I have every right to expect that latent manufacturing defects be repaired just as I would if expect them to be repaired on my new car. Allowing the aging out of responsibility would just encourage the automakers to delay the recalls to keep more money in their pocket, which is just what happened when there were no mandatory recalls.

      • 0 avatar

        So when does a 3 year or a 5 year warranty end? Because your warranty for your airbags is equal to your manufacturers warranty

        • 0 avatar

          Not quite the same thing. If a 8 year old car sets a trouble code and the repair requires a new airbag, that has to be eaten by the car owner. Over time a given number of any part will have a small percentage that fail and that is just the way things work. But should that airbag have an inherent defect that would cause the bag to malfunction in a way to inflict injury due to shrapnel, or to not function at all, that is entirely different case. There is an inherent expectation for it function properly, and when there are many that don’t, and it is a vital part of the safety system of the car, the manufacturer should be held responsible.

      • 0 avatar

        I just feel the headhunt is unjustified because when an airbag control module fails or the air bag itself on an old vehicle (non takata equipped), you can’t just go to the manufacturer and request a recall and get new parts, you have to pay out of pocket. I understand this scenario is different because there documented are cases of unintentional detonation which is a serious issue, but this recall is going to severely cripple takata and I think a different approach should have been taken when considering the age. Cars are not built to last a 100 years and as the owner of a 2001 Audi and 2000 Honda, I expect to pay out of pocket if there was a fault with the air bag system and I felt that I needed to get it fixed for my safety.

      • 0 avatar

        I feel the headhunt on takata is unjustified because if an air bag control module or air bag failed on a non takata vehicle of this vintage, I cannot just go to the dealer to get new parts for free, I would have to pay them. I understand that there are documented cases of unintentional airbag detonation which is a serious issue, but I do not like the way this issue was handled because it how it will severely cripple takata. As an owner of a 2001 Audi and 2000 Honda I would expect to pay out of pocket for a failure of the airbag system or any component if I felt like my safety is at risk.

    • 0 avatar

      Old powder can kill you just as dead as new. USS Iowa.

    • 0 avatar

      There’s faulty, and then there’s dangerous.

      But the issue for Takata (and Honda) isn’t the failure, it’s the non-disclosure.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      With the average age of cars on US roads being 11 years, recalls for cars over 10 years old is quite relevant.

    • 0 avatar

      Yes poor Honda recalling ten year old air bags – and screw GM and they better recall ten year old ignition switches.


  • avatar

    The 2002 recall was for “improper welds” that caused an airbag to deploy. Doesn’t say anything about the 2001 airbag deployment being a detonation that fragged the cannister. Neither does the Reuters article.

    Piling on with an irrelevance.

  • avatar
    Gardiner Westbound

    The accompanying photo reminded me there was a time when Acura made good looking cars.

  • avatar

    Oh yea.

    Look at that gorgeous… TL, I presume? Type S, is it (larger wheel diameter).?

    What a beauty.

    Rest in peace, Acura. SMH.

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