In July Honda expanded its multimillion vehicle airbag recall. The recall was due in large part to a defective inflator, which could explode in a crash, sending shards of metal casing into the passenger compartment. The inflator, installed in Honda vehicles, was manufactured by Takata Corporation. Takata has admitted that the inflator was not properly prepared and was too powerful. Now 2 months later, the manufacturer recall has once again expanded.
Since 2004, two deaths and more than 30 injuries have been linked to ruptures in Honda vehicles. The greater issue, however, is Honda's failure to disclose the issue to the public, despite knowledge since 2004. The danger of exploding air bags was first reported in 2004 with additional reports filed in 2007. In each of those reported incidents, Honda settled confidential claims with the injured parties.
It was not until 2008 that Honda issued its first safety recall, only recalling 4,200 vehicles equipped with potentially explosive airbags. Finally, last month, Honda issued another recall, its ninth for the defect, bringing the total number of vehicles recalled to 6 million.
The vehicles affected by the recall are the 4 cylinder engine 2001-2007 Honda Accord, the 2001-2002 Honda Accord V6, the 2001-2005 Honda Civic, the 2002-2006 Honda CR-V, the 2003-2011 Honda Element, the 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey, the 2003-2007 Honda Pilot, the 2006 Honda Ridgeline, the 2003-2006 Acura MDX and the 2002-2003 Acura TL and CL.
As consumers we anticipate that the vehicles we drive will keep us safe. Unfortunately, motor vehicle companies are not meeting these standards, are often hiding the truth from the consumer. As a result, people are suffering severe and unnecessary injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, we at Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.