“Further, Honda continued to represent to consumers that its vehicles, including its airbags, were safe,” Yost’s office said.
Under the terms of the consent judgment, which will be filed with the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Honda has agreed to injunctive relief, which, among other things, requires it to ensure that future airbag designs include “fail-safe” features to protect passengers in the event the inflator ruptures.
Consumers who own a Honda or Acura are encouraged to visit Honda’s airbag recall website at Hondaairbaginfo.com, or call its customer service number at 1-888-234-2138, to see if the vehicle is subject to a recall. Consumers may also check for open recalls by going to Safercar.gov.
Honda released a statement in response to Yost’s announcement, saying in part: “Honda continues to lead the industry in its efforts to replace defective Takata airbag inflators. The company has thus far replaced more than 16 million defective Takata airbag inflators in its vehicles and made more than 292 million individual attempts to contact owners and urge them to have their recalled Takata airbag inflators replaced. "
Now bankrupt, Takata pleaded guilty in 2017 to federal criminal fraud charges for “deceiving” automakers about the safety of its airbags, Honda added.