In a May 28 morning press release addressing the recently expanded Takata airbag recall, American Honda Motors shared the company’s perspective and goals as to remedying the the largest product recall in U.S. history. The bottom line: American Honda Motors requests your participation.
Honda Senior Vice President Bruce T. Smith stated that American Honda Motors is taking exceptional measures to reduce customer waiting time, and subsequent expense related to airbag component replacement and subsequent repair. The Examiner notes that Honda was the first North American based manufacturer to comment on the latest round of the Takata airbag related component recall.
Last week, with a compelling nudge from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration , the Tokyo, Japan headquartered Takata Corporation finally stepped up to the mic and announcing the scope of this monster that now impacts 34,000,000 + vehicles, and 10 major automakers. American Honda announced an expansion of their ongoing airbag recall measure, and what the company is doing for impacted consumers to help facilitate the inspection and reduce the subsequent replacement time-line, of the (possibly) defective airbag component.
Honda’s recall is expanded to 6.28 vehicles in North America
As of May, 28, A.H.M. adds an additional 350,000 vehicles to an ongoing recall effort that spans 6 months or so. Honda further noted that It will take time for the company to identify this latest round of impacted vehicles. However, according to A.H.M., no Honda or Acura car or light truck manufactured later than model year 2012 is included in the recall initiative.
Here’s what Honda’s doing for impacted consumers
As earlier announced by the Examiner and other, the Honda dealer service department inspection and subsequent replacement of the defective part is conducted at no charge to the owner of the recalled vehicle. Furthermore, Honda has arranged through participating dealers a loaner car program for impacted consumers without interim transportation. As of this posting Honda claims a repair rate of 50,000 vehicles per week, and little to no backlog as to model specific replacement parts.
American Honda Motors further reports that multiple airbag component manufactures have been brought on board to help facility an accelerated and relatively seamless recall experience for Honda owners.
Honda’s final expansion of airbag recall
The following excerpt is from Honda’s announcement of May 28, 2015: The specific VINs associated with the approximately 350,000 vehicles we are adding are in the process of being identified, verified and uploaded, so customers should continue checking their vehicles’ current recall status by visitingwww.recalls.honda.com for Honda owners or www.recalls.acura.com for Acura owners. Customers may also call 1-800-999-1009 for Honda or 1-800-382-2238 for Acura, and press option 4. It may be a few weeks before all vehicles are uploaded, so customers are urged to continue checking.
Please know that Honda is working diligently, on many fronts, to determine a root cause associated with Takata airbag inflator ruptures. The safety of our customers remains our top priority, and we will not rest until this matter is fully resolved.
Overall Summary of All Models Affected by One or More Takata Airbag Inflator recall or SIC (certain specific models only):
2001-2007 Honda Accord
2001-2005 Honda Civic
2002-2006 Honda CR-V
2003-2011 Honda Element
2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
2003-2008 Honda Pilot
2006 Honda Ridgeline
2003-2006 Acura MDX
2002-2003 Acura TL
2003 Acura CL
2005 Acura RL
Bruce T. Smith
Senior Vice President, Parts, Service, Technical, Export & Auto Operations
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Please take a moment to check you vehicle VIN # with Honda and Acura. As we hope this action to be the final expansion of the largest product recall in the history of the United States, Only time will tell.