On June 30, the U.S. government warned drivers of 300,000 Hondas and Acuras to stop driving their cars until the air bags had been replaced (video below).
The defective air bags made by the Takata company -- which has already led to the largest recall in automotive history -- continues to affect many millions of drivers worldwide.
The 300,000 Honda and Acura owners have been warned to immediately stop driving their cars due to potentially lethal air bags, reports the Daily Mail.
The vehicles being recalled are the following:
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■ 2001-2002 Honda Civic
■ 2001-2002 Honda Accord
■ 2002-2003 Acura TL
■ 2002 Honda CR-V
■ 2002 Honda Odyssey
■ 2003 Acura CL
■ 2003 Honda Pilot
More than 70 percent of Hondas have so far been repaired, reports The New York Times. Around 313,000 cars have not been fixed, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In a bulletin issued by the U.S. government, transportation secretary Anthony Foxx said that, according to laboratory tests, air bags in the cars listed above have “as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous air bag inflater rupture in a crash.”
Car owners can consult the government website, SaferCar.gov, to determine whether their car has been recalled. Replacement parts are available immediately, according to the federal agency.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed that 10 deaths in the U.S. have been caused by faulty Takata air bags in the Honda and Acura models cited in the latest recall.
“The air bag inflators in this particular group of vehicles pose a grave danger to drivers and passengers that must be fixed right away,” said NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind, reports the Daily Mail.
“Drivers should visit SaferCar.gov or contact their local dealer to check whether their vehicle is affected,” he added.
The NHTSA notes that the was greatest danger for these air bag malfunctions is in hot and humid regions like Southern California, Florida, Texas and the Gulf Coast.
Takata Corp's CEO announced his resignation as a result of his company’s potentially deadly product, the Daily Mail notes.