KZN Honda own­ers in KZN heed airbag re­call.

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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.

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