Honda issues ‘Do Not Drive’ warning for cars with certain Takata airbags

Honda and Acura have issued a “Do Not Drive” warning for certain 2001-2003 model vehicles that have unrepaired Takata Alpha driver-side airbag inflators.

The airbag inflators have a 50% fail rate, and the warning was upgraded on Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

There are 8,200 Acura and Honda vehicles still on the roads with Takata airbags that have a high chance of rupturing, according to the NHTSA. If you own one of the vehicles (the full list is below), officials say you should not drive until the recall has been completed.

Free replacement parts are now available. You can check your vehicle for recalls here. The airbags are some of the oldest that are under recall. If the inflators do rupture, metal fragments that could eject toward the driver’s face could be deadly or life-threatening.

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“If you have a vehicle with a recalled Takata Alpha airbag, you must get it repaired now – for free. These inflators are two decades old now, and they pose a 50% chance of rupturing in even a minor crash. Don’t gamble with your life or the life of someone you love – schedule your free repair today before it’s too late,” said NHTSA Acting Administrator Ann Carlson.

The full list of models that have the Takata airbags is below:

• 2001-2002 Honda Accord

• 2001-2002 Honda Civic

• 2002 Honda CR-V

• 2002 Honda Odyssey

• 2003 Honda Pilot

• 2002-2003 Acura 3.2 TL

• 2003 Acura 3.2CL

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For more information on the Takata airbag safety recall, click here.

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