WASHINGTON -- U.S. regulators turned up the urgency of their pleas to repair recalled Takata airbag inflators, warning owners of certain 2001-03 Honda and Acura vehicles to stop driving them after new data showed the vehicles' Takata airbag inflators have as much as a 50-50 chance of exploding in a crash.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx last week issued an appeal to the owners of 313,000 2001-02 Honda Civics and Accords, 2002-03 Acura TLs, 2002 Honda CR-V and Odysseys, 2003 Acura CLs and 2003 Honda Pilots to get their recalled airbags fixed immediately.
"With as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous air bag inflator rupture in a crash, these vehicles are unsafe and need to be repaired immediately," Foxx said in a statement. "Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge."
The public plea came as part of the larger recall of Takata inflators.