Related to two news articles that we covered last week here at Kaufman Law, NHTSA Releases Record Number of Vehicle Safety Recalls and 7.8 Million Vehicles Involved in Defective Airbag Recall, the New York Times posted an article on Monday, February 23rd, discussing Honda's C.E.O. and President, Takanobu Ito's, decision to step down from his role.
Stemming from the millions of automobile recalls that began in 2013 and continued into 2014, Honda has been facing scrutiny for the failure to report defective airbags inside vehicles for years, airbags that have the potential to explode and send shrapnel flying into the front-end compartments. According to this new article, however, one model in particular included approximately six different recalls over the course of one year, theHonda Fit.
When browsing the Honda Fit website page, one will note that the page boasts that the Fit is a top safety pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but the link is not click-able nor does it provide any more information related to that specific topic. Photo Credit
On the Fit's Safety page, front, front-side, and side curtain airbags are all featured; however, airbags installed in Hondas by widespread and popular airbag manufacturerTakata, have been the biggest focus for safety recalls.
Apparently, Honda is Takata's biggest customer. On Takata's website home page under 'NEWS', a PDF letter dated back to November 13, 2014 contains a brief description of the recall on airbags manufactured in the U.S., with condolences expressed to a user who died as a result of associated defective airbags in her vehicle. A series of other letters and informative posts acknowledging and apologizing for issues caused by the defective airbags are showcased as well as recent awards for safety standards on other products. Currently, noted in this article and on Takata's website news, Takata will be fined $14,000 daily if the company does not cooperate in the defective airbag investigation and encourage recalls promptly, according to NHTSA rules and regulations.
According to the article post, Honda has been struggling with safety and quality issues for several years, and the decision to step down to a member of the board under the title of "senior adviser" was fueled by "young energy" needed to "lead Honda" during a time of "rapid change and increasingly harsh global competition". In January, Honda allegedly decreased its forecast for profit by $400 million in the anticipation of on-going recall expenses.
NHTSA posted a list of affected vehicles that are currently on recall for defective Takata airbags:
Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2001 – 2007 Honda Accord)
2001 – 2002 Honda Accord
2001 – 2005 Honda Civic
2002 – 2006 Honda CR-V
2003 – 2011 Honda Element
2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey
2003 – 2007 Honda Pilot
2006 – Honda Ridgeline
2003 – 2006 Acura MDX
2002 – 2003 Acura TL/CL
2005 – Acura RL
If your vehicle appears on this list, ensure your safety by promptly taking your vehicle in for service to fix all related defects.
If you have already been injured in a situation involving these above-mentioned issues, please don't hesitate to give us a call. We will evaluate your situation for free and provide the best help and direction available.