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Airbag-226x300Honda Motor Co. announced Tuesday a recall of 772,000 Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States for defective front passenger seat air bag inflators. The Tokyo-based Honda adds these vehicles to the list of earlier recalls. About 10.7 million Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. are subject to a recall related to Takata airbag inflator ruptures. Some vehicles involve both a driver and passenger side airbag inflator, others involve just the passenger side.

Reason for Massive Recall

The recall is due to potentially faulty air bag deflators that could explode in a crash. The rupture could injure people by dispelling metal shrapnel into the passenger compartments. The air bag inflators are made by Takata Corp., a Japanese supplier.

Honda, and the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), has focused specific concern on a subset of these inflators called “Alpha” inflators found in some 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles. The “Alpha” inflators have a huge rupture rate- up to 50%. Due to their age and exposure to heat and humidity over time, these older model inflators are particularly vulnerable to explosion. Exploding shrapnel can cause serious personal injury, or even death, to the vehicle passengers and driver.

What Models are Affected?

The newest list of recalled vehicles is below.

2001-2002 Honda Accord
2001-2002 Honda Civic
2002 Honda CR-V
2002 Honda Odyssey
2003 Honda Pilot
2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
2003 Acura 3.2CL

A full list of Honda and Acura models and years involved in the recall since its inception can be found on Honda’s website here. Continue reading ›


Thanks to sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, people can share the details of their lives with friends and family every second of the day. People post everything from what they are eating for breakfast and where they are eating dinner to how irritated they are standing in line at the grocery store and how long they have sat in the doctor’s office waiting to see the doctor.

Therefore, it’s common to tell others about a car accident you were in or other accident that caused you to be injured. Social media makes it easy and convenient to update all of your friends and family with one post. Posting on social media is much easier than making numerous telephone calls or sending a text to each person. However, sharing information on social media can damage your accident claim, especially if you have a public profile. Don’t be fooled; social media posts can damage your personal injury claim even if your profiles are private.

Nothing you post on the internet is completely private, regardless of your security settings. The attorney for the other party will be monitoring your activity online. He may also request a subpoena from the court to compel you to turn over the information from your social media accounts.


CNET reported on the story of a six-year-old boy who was recently injured by a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The Samsung device exploded while the boy was watching videos. He suffered burns and he is now afraid of all phones, according to family members. The boy’s grandmother said that the device simply burst into flames. The Note 7’s battery exploded and set off smoke alarms in the home. The family called 911 and the boy was taken to a medical center where he was treated.

Other dangerous situations involving the Samsung Galaxy 7 Note have been reported throughout the United States. Samsung responded by taking the device off store shelves and issuing a recall. Airlines have ordered anyone who is flying with one of the devices to shut off the phone during the flight. The device was even linked to a house fire in South Carolina.

Lack of Quality Control

The unfortunate accident that resulted in the death of actor Anton Yelchin seemed like a freak car accident like many that happen all over the country every day, but it may have been caused by a defect recently the subject of a recall for the SUV he was driving. His body was identified at the scene of the accident between a fence and the vehicle. The Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled into him after he attempted to exit the vehicle.

Fiat Chrysler recalled more than 1 million of these vehicles equipped with a device known as a monostable shifter this April. The shift lever has been the subject of great confusion among drivers of the vehicle since it rests in a groove after it has been pointed to neutral or park, sending the lever back to a default position. This makes it much easier for a driver to exit the vehicle and then realize that the car is actually still in drive.

A number of reports and accidents have already made its way to the car manufacturer including 212 crashes, 41 injuries and more than 300 reports of property damage. These reports were ultimately the cause of the recall. Recall notices were sent to the news media as well as in the mail to consumers who may have the vehicle, per National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regulations.

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