KZN Honda owners in KZN heed airbag recall.
WHILE Honda owners in South Africa are heeding the call to have the inflators of their Takata airbags replaced at no cost at dealers, buyers of used Honda’ may need reminding to take their cars in for repair.
In the U.S. more than 300 000 used Honda owners are not heeding this call. Worldwide, about 69 million Takata inflators have to date been recalled due to possible rupture.
In June 2016, U.S. government regulators said testing showed that inflators in 313 000 older Hondas and Acuras had as high as a 50% chance of rupturing in a crash. The U.S. regulators told owners of the cars to stop driving them and get them repaired.
But four months later, only 13 000 of the cars have been repaired. Last week authorities said one of the Takata airbags ruptured and killed a California woman, Delia Robles. Her death is the 11th tied to Takata inflators in the U.S., adding urgency to the search for the noncompliant vehicles.
The inflators have killed as many as 16 people worldwide and injured more than 100.
Honda says despite all efforts to communicate to owners, owners of used Honda can be hard to find. The Honda dealership in Pietermaritzburg said local owners of new Hondas are heeding the call have their airbags repaired. — WR.