We recently reported that Honda was going door-to-door in Florida to find and replace faulty Takata airbags and promised to report back when we were able to speak to a Honda representative.
The company says the “door to door” program was started in 2017 and that about 500 people have been hired to form teams that have traveled the country to find car owners and speak to them directly about the recall.
According to Chris Martin, from the American Honda Motor Company, this includes the Peach State, where the weather may make the potential of an airbag inflator explosion even greater.
“We’ve been on the ground there in Georgia looking for the oldest of these vehicles because with the Takata airbag recall age is a significant factor as well as high humidity,” said Martin. “We’ve repaired over 13.1 million of these inflators but we still have millions more left to replace.”
Martin says the company had about 18.5 million inflators that needed to be replaced (when the recall was announced) but that repairs are now about 77 percent complete.
Martin says despite criticism, he believes Honda has done a great deal to notify owners through advertising and social media — as well as the mail.
But he also says older vehicles have changed hands, and it’s been hard to track down the current owners.
Martin adds that the most important thing for any Honda owner, especially with older cars, is to find out if their vehicle is part of the recall.
Owners can visit any Honda dealer where replacement parts are available.
This recall does include cars other than Hondas. For online information about all airbag recalls, visit here