Honda Airbag Inflator Recall in Greensboro, NC

Airbag Inflator Recall

IMPORTANT! 2009-2013 Multi-Model Honda Drivers: You may be affected! Please immediately call (866) 643-5924 or fill out the form below.

Honda Recall: Let us check your VIN for you

What is a VIN?

VIN stands for "Vehicle Identification Number" and it's unique to your Honda. This sequence of seventeen letters and numbers is specific to your vehicle, defining its engine size, body style, model year, transmission type, color, and more. All vehicles newer than 1980 come with a VIN.

Where can I find my VIN?

You can find your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on a small, metal plate attached to the driver's side of your vehicle's dashboard toward the top. This small, metal tag remains visible through the windshield for viewing ease. Every car is required to have a VIN located in the correct place and it's illegal to remove or change this plate. If the tag is in fact missing, 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 check whether your specific car is affected. You'll need your vehicle VIN which is easily viewed from outside the vehicle or on your registration and insurance documents. You can enter it into the NHTSA VIN-lookup tool to find out if your vehicle is affected.

What is taking so long for my airbag to arrive?

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

Can other suppliers help fill the gaps?

Other suppliers are now involved, including AutoLiv, TRW, and Daicel. Takata says that it now uses competitors' products in half the inflator-replacement kits, and expects that number to reach more than 70 percent.The other suppliers use a propellant that hasn't been implicated in the problems Takata has experienced.

How important is that I respond to the recall?

All recalls should be treated seriously. Have the work performed as soon as parts are available and the service can be scheduled. Since age has been established as a key factor in most of the Takata airbag ruptures so far, it's even more important for owners of older recalled cars to get this work done.

Does it matter where I live?

According to NHTSA, yes. The Takata inflators seem vulnerable to persistent high humidity and high temperature conditions, such as in states like Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, the Gulf Coast states, Hawaii, and island territories. Because a number of confirmed deaths have happened 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 quickly as they can, and most are sending them to the high-humidity areas first. Northern and less-humid areas could have to wait longer for parts availability, depending on the brand. Contact your dealership to find out how soon 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 aren't at the 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 involved 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 unacceptably high number, and, at 0.8%, a far higher frequency than what has been seen so far in vehicles actually on the road. According to defect reports filed with the government, Takata said that as of May 2015 they was aware of 84 ruptures that had happened 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 anyone 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 do whatever you can to minimize risk. If possible, consider:

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

  • Renting a car until yours is repaired can be expensive and may not be the ideal solution. Asking your dealer if they'll provide one might be worth a try if it does  nothing else than put some pressure on the manufacturer. If you get 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 free, but unrelated problems discovered during the service may not be.