Feds issue emergency no-drive recommendation for some cars with defective Takata airbags

This National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) just said that some Hondas and Acuras equipped with defective Takata airbags are so dangerous that they shouldn't be driven until they are fixed. As this article explains:

Federal regulators on Thursday issued an urgent warning to owners of more than 300,000 Hondas and Acuras, saying they should not drive their vehicles until the Takata air bags are replaced. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said a new round of tests on the Takata air bags installed in some model-year 2001-2003 Hondas and Acuras posed a much higher threat to drivers and passengers than first thought. The agency said the air bags needed immediate replacement. In collisions, the faulty Takata air bags can rupture and spray drivers and passengers with metal shrapnel. “With as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous air-bag inflater rupture in a crash, these vehicles are unsafe and need to be repaired immediately,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge.”

Get more details on NHTSA's website.

Coincidentally, we posted earlier today on the progress of the Takata airbag recall.


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