Airbag Inflator Recall

IMPORTANT! 2009-2013 Multi-Model Honda Drivers: You may be affected! Please immediately call (866) 644-2101 or check your VIN below.

What is a VIN?

VIN is an acronym that stands for "Vehicle Identification Number" and it's unique to your individual Honda. The combination of seventeen letters and numbers is specific to your vehicle, defining its engine size, body style, model year, transmission, color, and more. All vehicles that are newer than 1980 must come with a VIN.

Where can I find my VIN?

You can find your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on a small, metal plate that's on the driver's side of your vehicle's dashboard. This tag is visible through the windshield for easy viewing. Every car is required to have a VIN and it is illegal to remove or alter this plate. If the tag ismissing, chances are the vehicle has been repaired, or more likely, stolen.

Honda Airbag Inflator Recall FAQ

How do I know if my car is affected by the recall?

There are a few ways to find out if your car is affected. You'll need your VIN ( found on the outside the vehicle or on your registration and insurance documents). You can then input it into the NHTSA VIN-lookup tool to find out if your vehicle has a recall.

What is taking so long for my airbag to arrive?

It could take weeks or even months for replacement airbags to arrive, but Takata has added manpower to its assembly lines to accommodate all the requests in a more timely manner.

Can other suppliers help fill the gaps?

Other suppliers are now in play, including AutoLiv, TRW, and Daicel. Takata says it now utilizes competitors' products in half the inflator-replacement kits, and anticipates that number to reach more than 70%. The good news is that the other suppliers use a propellant that has not been implicated with the problems Takata has had.

How important is that I respond to the recall?

All recalls should be taken seriously. Make sure the work performed as soon as parts are available and the service can be scheduled. Since age is a key factor in a lot of the Takata airbag ruptures so far, it's more important for owners of older recalled cars to get this work done quickly.

Does it matter where I live?

According to NHTSA, yes. The Takata inflators seem to be vulnerable to persistent high humidity and high temperature conditions, like in states like Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, the Gulf Coast states, Hawaii, and island territories. Because a number of confirmed deaths have occurred in places outside the priority recall area, this recall should not be taken lightly.

How are repairs being prioritized?

Automakers are getting the replacement parts as soon as they can, and most are sending them to high-humidity areas first. Northern and less-humid areas may have to wait for a longer time for parts availability, depending on the brand. Contact your dealership to find out how fast the work can be performed.

What if I spend only a certain part of the year in a humid climate?

People who travel to the higher-risk areas in low humidity times are not at the exact same level of risk as those who live in those areas year-round, according to NHTSA.

Are the airbags in my car definitely defective?

No. Since 2002, only a small number of about 30 million cars have been cited in these incidents. Between November, 2014 and May, 2015, Takata reported to NHTSA that the company had conducted more than 30,000 ballistic tests on airbag inflators returned before to the recalls. In those tests, 265 ruptured. That's an unacceptable number, and, at 0.8%, a higher frequency than what's been seen so far in vehicles on the road. According to defect reports filed with the government, Takata said as of May 2015 they were aware of 84 ruptures that had occurred in the field since 2002.

I'm worried about driving, what should I do until the fix is made?

If the recall on your car involves just the front passenger-side airbag, don't let a passenger sit in that seat. But, if you use the VIN-lookup tool and it says that the problem involves the driver's side, you should minimize risk. If possible, consider:

  • Minimizing your driving.
  • Carpooling with a person whose vehicle isn't affected.
  • Using public transportation.
  • Renting a car.

  • Renting a car until yours is fixed can be expensive and may not be the right solution. Asking your dealer if they'll provide one- it might be worth a try to put pressure on the manufacturer. If you can utilize a rental car, take some time to familiarize yourself with its operation before driving.

Should I expect to pay any money to get the recall fix?

Repairs under the recall are definitely free, but unrelated problems discovered during the service might not be.