Anyone paying attention to the airbag recall knows cars with the inflators are safe. But did you know that it’s still legal for a dealer to sell you a car with a known faulty airbag? It’s true. It’s because regulators think that it’s safer to drive with a faulty airbag than to drive a car without one at all. However, there are some exceptions.
Certain cars are considered to have a higher failure rate than average and are not to be driven at all. They are all Hondas. These include:
- 2003 Acura 3.2CL
- 2002–2003 Acura 3.2TL
- 2001–2002 Honda Accord
- 2001–2002 Honda Civic
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Honda Pilot
Unless they have had their airbags replaced they should not be driven until taken to a dealer for repairs. Yet that hasn’t stopped some dealerships from selling these vehicles to customers. Some dealers are so incensed at the practice that they’ve filed lawsuits and tried to persuade legislators to ban the practice. And even though other cars affected by the recall aren’t as dangerous, regulators aren’t pleased that sales are happening of the recalled vehicles on used car lots.
If you are in the market for a used car, you should familiarize yourself with the list of recalled vehicles in the Takata airbag scandal before making a purchase. If the car is on the list, ask for proof of repairs before buying. Just because it’s from a dealer doesn’t mean that it’s been repaired.
If you have been injured by a Takata airbag and you live in Georgia, contact John Foy & Associates for a free consultation.