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Honda upgrades Takata Alpha recall to ‘Do Not Drive’ warning

Alpha air bags are some of the oldest under recall and have a 50% failure rate

Washington, D.C.—Honda has issued a “Do Not Drive” warning for certain 2001-2003 Acura and Honda vehicles equipped with unrepaired Takata Alpha driver side air bag inflators. 

These vehicles are 20 to 22 years old. Alpha air bags are some of the oldest under recall, and they have a 50% failure rate. If the inflators rupture, the metal fragments ejected toward the driver’s face could kill or leave them with devastating, life-altering injuries.

Approximately 8,200 Honda and Acura vehicles with the most dangerous air bags are still being driven today, stated NHTSA, adding that Honda has replaced or accounted for more than 99% of Alpha inflators, though it is critical to account for all.

Models with Alpha air bags include: 

  • 2001-2002 Honda Accord 
  • 2001-2002 Honda Civic 
  • 2002 Honda CR-V 
  • 2002 Honda Odyssey 
  • 2003 Honda Pilot 
  • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2 TL 
  • 2003 Acura 3.2CL

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