Takata airbags in affected cars have a 50 percent chance of rupturing.

If you drive a 2001-2003 Honda or Acura vehicle, pay attention. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced an “urgent” recall for those cars because their Takata airbags have a much higher likelihood of dangerous failure.

These cars were initially recalled between 2008 and 2011 because their Takata airbags could rupture in a crash, sending deadly shrapnel toward drivers. But NHTSA says only about 70 percent of affected cars have been recalled, and that these cars have a much higher-than-normal chance of airbag rupture. About 313,000 of the affected cars have not had their airbags replaced, according to NHTSA data.

Cars affected by this recall are the 2001-2002 Civic and Accord, 2002 CR-V and Odyssey, 2003 Pilot, 2002-2003 Acura TL, and 2003 Acura CL.

In lab tests, as many as 50 percent of the airbags used for these cars ruptured, whereas NHTSA says usually only about one percent of Takata airbags fail. Eight of the 10 deaths confirmed to have been caused by defective Takata airbags were in 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles.

“The air bag inflators in this particular group of vehicles pose a grave danger to drivers and passengers that must be fixed right away,” NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind said in a statement.

NHTSA says that as of June 17, about 8.9 million defective Takata airbags have already been repaired in U.S. cars. NHTSA has recalled 28.8 million cars for the airbag problem, and on May 4 announced that it would recall an additional batch of 35-40 million cars.

Source: NHTSA

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