American Honda To Compensate Dealers For Takata Airbag Recall CostsMarch 14, 2016
American Honda Motor Co. announced that it would compensate its dealers for costs related to the extensive Takata airbag recall. The company issued a notice that it would pay the depreciation expenses for vehicles that dealers were unable to sell due to the Takata airbag recall. The notice also mentioned that the company would help dealers defray the costs associated with alterations to the dealerships’ sales floors due to the temporary suspension of vehicles included in the recall list.
Details of the Takata Airbag Recall
Reports of exploding airbag assemblies prompted several automakers to issue Takata airbag recall notices. Scientific studies showed that an ingredient used to inflate the airbags in an accident can become highly volatile in humid conditions. The ingredient could cause the airbag assembly to explode. The explosion can hurl plastic and metal shrapnel into the driver and front-seat passenger at lethal velocities. More than 29 million vehicles from ten leading auto manufacturers are listed in the voluntary Takata airbag recall.
Injury Reports Prompt Takata Airbag Recall
News reports of the injuries from the exploding airbag systems prompted calls for the Takata airbag recall. A study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that at least ten deaths have been linked to the exploding airbag systems. An accident report from police in Florida had initially speculated that the driver whose throat had been sliced open had been a victim of homicide. An investigation into the accident concluded that her injuries came from flying debris, which sparked demands for the Takata airbag recall.
Honda Announces Trade-In Program For Takata Airbag Recall Vehicles
The statement mentioned that replacement parts for the affected airbag systems may not be available for several months. The company announced the launch of a “Trade-In Assistance program” for owners of vehicles on the Takata airbag recall list. The company stated that the program “will benefit both the dealers and, ultimately, owners of the affected vehicles.” A company spokesman told reporters that the Takata airbag recall compensation program is scheduled to start on March 28 and end on July 29.
Federal Regulations Could Affect Takata Airbag Recall Program
American Honda removed new vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recall from showroom floors due to federal law. The law requires that new vehicles under recall must have the necessary repairs completed before a customer can take delivery. For used vehicles on the Takata airbag recall list, the law does not make any such requirements. However, a Honda spokesperson told reporters that the company will continue its policy of requiring dealers to complete the needed repairs on used vehicles prior to sale.
Source: Automotive News
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