Senate members call for “do not drive” wording amidst air bag recall affecting Texas drivers.
With more and more vehicles being recalled due to air bag issues, some lawmakers are stepping up and calling for more serious wording to be listed on the recall notices that are going out specifically for Honda and Acura vehicles.
Why these specific vehicle makes?
Because recent test have shown that some 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles have air bag rupture rates as high as 50 percent when these vehicles are in accidents. These ruptures are from defective Takata air bag inflators that have been caused injuries to more than 100 people and the deaths of at least 10 people.
Senate Democrats Recommend: Do Not Drive
Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Ed Markey (D-MA) are asking that Honda advise vehicle owners to not drive their vehicles because of the 50/50 chance of the air bag rupturing. Per CBS News:
‘”A ‘do not drive’ instruction should be conspicuously displayed on any recall notices, as well as this new test data so owners are informed that in the event of a crash, there is a 50 percent chance that the air bag will violently explode,” Markey and Blumenthal wrote in a letter on Tuesday, adding that they were “disappointed that Honda does not appear to have taken this important step.”
Owners shouldn’t even drive their cars to the dealer or repair shop to get the fixes, they noted. They urged Honda to provide mechanics who can travel to a car owner’s residence to fix the car, or to provide free towing. There are about 313,000 models of the 2001-2003 Hondas and Acuras that still are on the road and haven’t been fixed.”
This is not the first time that Senator Markley has spoken out about the air bag recall. In June, CBS News reported him as saying:
“It is reprehensible and possibly illegal that automakers are knowingly sending Americans home in new cars that are equipped with the same ticking time bombs that have caused injuries and taken lives across our country,” said Sen. Edward J. Markey (D.-Massachusetts) on Facebook.”
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a recalled vehicle, contact The Callahan Law Firm today for a free case evaluation.