Over 10 deaths and thousands of injuries have been linked to defective Takata airbag inflators, and now that the recall has been expanded to include over 65 million vehicles, it is far more likely that your car could have one of these devices in them. However, your car isn’t the only vehicle that could be affected by this recall.
Are There Takata Airbags In Motorcycles?
Honda is not only one of the largest auto manufacturers in the world, it is also one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers in the world. Such a large company is always on the edge of innovation, and so it’s not surprising that one of the manufacturer’s flagship motorcycles—the Honda Gold Wing—has innovations that no other bike on the market has. Unfortunately, this innovation has placed this motorcycle at the center of a controversy.
It seems that many Honda Gold Wings manufactured from 2006-2010 have airbags in them, and these airbags were manufactured by Takata Corp. That means that 2,701 motorcycles are actually a part of the largest automotive recall in history!
If you have a Honda Gold Wing in this year model range, you should go online to Honda’s recall page to check if your motorcycle is on the list. You can also check on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Safer Car website. However, a shortage of parts is not only delaying the Takata recall for cars, it is also delaying recalls for motorcycles too.
Experts estimate that replacement parts for Honda Gold Wings will be available by late summer or the early fall, but riding these machines while you wait for parts can be incredibly dangerous, especially here in Florida. Experts say that heat and moisture cause these airbag units to malfunction and turn into grenades, so if you can, avoid using vehicles that have a defective Takata airbag inflator, and make sure you know all of your options.
A message from the defective automotive components attorneys at Colson Hicks Edison—we keep an eye on your personal safety.