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Honda has announced it will pay $96 million to resolve allegations of an air bag defect in some of the company’s vehicles.

The money will be paid to 46 states, Washington, D.C., and three U.S. territories, CBS News reported.

The settlement is the result of an investigation into allegations that the company failed to inform consumers and regulators about an air bag defect in Honda vehicles that could potentially cause a rupture and lead to metal debris flying at passengers.


The faulty Takata air bag systems have caused the deaths of at least 14 people in the U.S., according to CBS News. An additional 200 people have been injured, New York Attorney General Letitia James said this week.

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“We’re holding Honda to account and sending a message that placing profits over safety will never be accepted,” James said in a statement Tuesday. “Air bags are supposed to keep drivers and passengers safe, but Honda’s manufacturing defect and their hiding of the facts led to deaths and injuries. Today’s settlement will not only guarantee Honda replaces all remaining defective air bags on the road, but that the company takes specific actions to ensure any future defect is thoroughly made public in the future to avoid this type of danger.”

In 2017, carmakers BMW, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota agreed to settle a similar case related to the Takata air bag defect.

Those settlements resolved claims that the companies manufactured and sold vehicles with defective Takata air bags, leading to economic losses for the plaintiffs.


The car companies recalled millions of vehicles that were equipped with the allegedly defective air bags.

In a 2017 settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Takata itself agreed to pay up to $1 billion over allegations of criminal wrongdoing.

The investigation into the Honda vehicles’ air bag defect began in December 2015, CBS News reported.

The Takata air bags became the largest auto part recall in U.S. history in 2016 after researchers determined vehicles with a particular air bag design were prone to allow water to seep in; vehicles operating in a humid climates were determined to be at the greatest risk. 

James and others say they’re happy the settlement over the Honda vehicles includes the addition of new safety protocols for added protection.


“This settlement with Honda makes clear that companies, large and small, will face serious consequences when they put profits over protecting the safety of their customers,” Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine said in a statement. “Our coalition of Attorneys General is pleased that, as a result of this multistate investigation, Honda will now improve vehicle safety for drivers and passengers and implement policies company-wide that will help prevent future deaths and injuries.”

CBS News reports the company has recalled approximately 12.9 million Acura and Honda vehicles that were equipped with defective air bag inflators. Honda is Acura’s parent company.

Honda has denied any wrongdoing in relation to the air bag defect.

“The now-bankrupt airbag inflator supplier, Takata, pleaded guilty in 2017 to federal criminal fraud charges for deceiving Honda and other automakers about the safety of its airbags,” Honda said, according to CBS News. “Under the terms of these civil settlements, Honda does not acknowledge any wrongdoing.”

About $1 million of the $96.5 million settlement will go to the National Association of Attorneys General, CBS News reported. Another $11.3 million will go to the state of California, and the remainder will settle the lawsuits filed in each jurisdiction.

Those who believe their 2001-2016 Acura and Honda vehicles may be affected can check the recall status online here for Acura or here for Honda, or by calling 1-888-234-2138. 

Do you think your Acura or Honda vehicle may be equipped with one of the allegedly defective air bags? Tell us your experience in the comments.

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117 Comments

  • Kazuyko Norell Anderson January 15, 2021

    I had a 2003 honda accord and a 2003 bmw 540 with these same air bags

  • Cain Paulette December 29, 2020

    Please add me I have a 2003 Honda accord

  • carmel garcia November 25, 2020

    I filed a complaint in 2017, but I have since moved. How do I update my current information? Please advise with contact information. Thank you.

  • Julia Estrada October 22, 2020

    I was hit an a car accident in 2002 in a Honda Civic the air bag did not deploy my head hit the steering wheel, and they deployed throwing my head back and hitting the seat I was concussed suffering injuries for years. I was told my hips were misaligned. And had neck, headaches cognitive injuries.

  • TW October 7, 2020

    Please advise how we can get added to this class action lawsuit. I have a 2005 Honda Civic Ex and have already been to Honda twice for airbag recalls. I have to go again. This is unacceptable not to mention dangerous. To pay off a car while not knowing the entire time it isn’t even safe if I was in an accident. It (the airbags) could even kill me. Wow.

  • Carol Davis September 23, 2020

    I had a rollover accident In my 2004 CRV – the tread separated from the Firestone tire. The airbag never activated. I paid extra to have side curtain airbags in the vehicle. They did not activate. Because of this I suffered a bad concussion and had to be taken to the trauma unit. Glass was also embedded in my head. If the airbags had activated I wouldn’t have been injured so badly.

  • LISA HAWKINS September 22, 2020

    Please add me

  • Amy Riederer September 19, 2020

    Honda Odyssey van 2006, it was totaled in a wreck and the airbag actually exploded on me and that stuff in the air bag went straight down my lungs. Please include me in this lawsuit I can supply additional information if you need it

  • Melisse September 15, 2020

    I have a 2005 Honda Civic. Please add me, too.

  • Joyce Bates September 14, 2020

    Please add. I have an older Honda Accord.

  • Dee Saupan September 12, 2020

    Add me please

  • Victoria Forieri September 10, 2020

    I joined this class action when it started for my 2012 Toyota Corolla, I never got anything from anyone, air bags never replaced, thankfully in a car accident in 2017 both air bags deployed when my teenage son was driving or I would have sued the pants off them! I should still get compensated on the class action !

  • Mark Szerlip September 8, 2020

    I currently own two Honda vehicles which fall into the class action. Please add me

  • kenneth dowton September 8, 2020

    i currently own 3 Honda Crv’s. 2001, 2011 and 2016… please add me

  • Matt Ditchey September 8, 2020

    It is very unnerving driving a vehicle that you don’t have confidence the air bag will work properly to protect you, and then if it does inflate, it could hurt you.

  • PRAKASH C SHAH September 7, 2020

    add me

  • Sandra D'Ottone September 6, 2020

    I have a Honda CRV 2008, I received paperwork regarding the recall to fix the air bags and brought the car to be fixed, I also was put into a lawsuit for the Takata issue, Do I have to do this one as well or how do U find out if I am already included?

  • Alisa Peele September 5, 2020

    2001 Honda Accord. Add me please.

  • Marie K Adafre September 5, 2020

    I had 2001 Honda CRV, please add me to the lawsuit.

    • Walter Montgomery September 5, 2020

      Add Me 2002 Honda

    • Celestine Roberson September 5, 2020

      Add me 2003 Honda

  • Chery Sanders September 5, 2020

    2005 Acura MDX, recalled twice, and still has the airbag logo in the instrument panel.

  • JoAnn Chaves September 5, 2020

    I had a 2005 Honda Pilot that was recalled for that, so you can add me too.

  • Kristie September 4, 2020

    We have a 2003 Honda Accord that was affected. Please as me to the list

  • Jennifer Rea Lilla September 4, 2020

    2010 Honda Accord

  • Eric Dinkel September 4, 2020

    My 2011 CRV and 2007 Honda Odyssey. Add me to the lawsuit please.

  • A Nazal September 4, 2020

    Acura 2016

  • Byron Alarcon September 4, 2020

    Add Me to The Law suit list we own a 2001 Honda Pilot that was affected by the air bags issue, still has the issue.

  • Melissa Lee September 4, 2020

    2003 Honda Odyssey Had 3 recalls for Airbags and SRS malfunction

  • Andrea Wilson September 4, 2020

    2004 Honda Pilot was affected add me please!

  • Els LeePrice September 4, 2020

    2008 Honda Fit Sport

  • Byron Alarcon September 4, 2020

    my 2001 honda pilot was AFFECTED

  • Michele Pettiford September 4, 2020

    And a 2006 Honda Accord.

  • Michele Pettiford September 4, 2020

    Add me please. I have two 2014 Honda CRVs.

  • Zach Meikle September 4, 2020

    2001 civic, 2002 accord, Add me to the list.

  • Lora L Smith September 4, 2020

    Add me 2007 Honda fit

  • Jacqueline D Jackson September 4, 2020

    I had an 2000 acura now I have a 2014 honda

  • Kayle Kinley September 3, 2020

    I have a 2012 Honda Accord 4 door.

  • Hector Ortiz September 2, 2020

    Please Add me and my wife. We own a Honda 2001 and Honda 2006, they replaced one first, then I went back because the safety light was On, then they replaced the 2006 twice. God knows if they did it right

  • Toni Henderson September 2, 2020

    Add me- does this include an accident that already happened when the airbag deployed causing 2nd degree burn on left wrist. Car was totaled

  • Gwendolyn September 2, 2020

    2003 Accord They rep[laced it, but who knows if this one even works????

  • Chappelle Williams September 2, 2020

    2002 HONDA add me

  • Kaliph Tewari September 2, 2020

    2010 Honda Accord

  • Yvonne Messam September 2, 2020

    2009 Acura TL

    Florida

  • Veronica M Royer September 2, 2020

    2011 CRV – Honda replaced airbags with recall.

  • vickie m starks September 2, 2020

    MINE IS A 2015, PLEASE ADD ME!

  • Lee E. Kendall September 2, 2020

    Mine is a 2000, but I know there’s airbag probs. They sent me mail offering to fix the driver’s side bag. With another bad one? I know it’s likely to be a newer bag they replace the bad one with It’s funny I found this bc I sent them a letter when they sent me the notice. It’s as simple as doing something right and not being negligent. Add me please! Thanks and God Bless all of u!

  • Michael & Linda Gagnon September 1, 2020

    Add me and my wife Linda we have an 2002 CRV.

  • Wendy Gagnon September 1, 2020

    Add me I have a 2006 Accord. And it took forever for them to fix mine. They said they didn’t have enough parts and they they couldn’t give me a loaner vehicle because it only takes like 30 minutes to replace the part but they only do the replacements for recalls during the week so I had to miss work to get it fixed

  • Jayne September 1, 2020

    Add me

    • Rosario Perreaux September 2, 2020

      2007 Honda Accord EX add me

  • Gsmith September 1, 2020

    Add me

  • Beth grigg September 1, 2020

    I owned a Honda CR-V 2010 Honda dealership had my car for a month. Please add me

  • Brandon McComb September 1, 2020

    I owned a 2002 Honda Civic and a 2009 Honda Civic. Both were recalled for airbags but they never had the parts to fix them.

    Please add me.

  • KENYA CRISS September 1, 2020

    I own a 2006 Honda CRV and have dealt with recalls of the air bag, at one point the dealership was so behind they kept my car for a month, while waiting for parts. Please add me.

  • Corene Darden-Smith September 1, 2020

    Please add me. I own and have a Honda 2002 4 door Accord cyl 6. I don’t want everyone to see my vin#.

  • Melanie Noe September 1, 2020

    I have a 2003 Honna Accord and crushed my front end and the air bags never came out. Luckily I was not hurt really bad but I did hurt my shoulder and my neck.

  • Raymond Paulucci September 1, 2020

    I own a 2005 honda civic had the air bags changed 3 times three different recalls please add me if applicable

  • Cleide da silva September 1, 2020

    Add me please, i have a 2012 Honda Pilot

  • Annette Smith September 1, 2020

    I also had an Honda Accord 2001. Please add me to the list.

  • Annette Smith September 1, 2020

    Honda Odessey 2007. Please add me tothe list of this claim.

  • Bethany Ghiloni September 1, 2020

    Add me

  • Julie E. September 1, 2020

    I own an 2011 Acura TL .. I’m scheduled for an airbag recall September 3

  • Dwight Edwards September 1, 2020

    Please add me to the list – my vehicle based on VIN# is currently on recall list

    • eric smith September 1, 2020

      I own a 2001 Honda accord for the last 14 years

  • Desiree Y Walker September 1, 2020

    Please add me, I was hit on the drivers side in my Honda Accord and my breast were badly bruised on the inside. I had to have a mammogram and sonograms several times during that year, My Accord was totaled Geico agent said because of the airbag deployment.

  • Wesley Moore September 1, 2020

    I have a Nissan Sentra 2004. Please add me to the list

  • Brenda Gianni September 1, 2020

    I had a 2010 Honda Civic, the passenger side airbag was replaced.

  • kirk spaeth September 1, 2020

    please add me, own a 2009 Honda Accord

  • beverly j anderson September 1, 2020

    yup…own a 2010 honda accord lx…please add me…ty

  • Dennis Nelson September 1, 2020

    Please add me. I had a 2009 Honda Civic and a 2016 Honda CRV and have never received a recall.

  • Mitch September 1, 2020

    I had something done to my 08 Civic. They were supposed to replace the air bags, but it was about a 30 minute wait.

  • Jennifer Molitor September 1, 2020

    Please Add Neto the recall list as I own a 2003 Honda Civic LX and never had air bag replacements!!!

  • Sheryl Welch September 1, 2020

    I own a Honda CRV 2015.

  • Thomas hellmueller September 1, 2020

    What ifthe airbags were replaced in recall?

  • Rob Kircher September 1, 2020

    Please add me 2003 Honda Odessey…

  • Herbert Carrington September 1, 2020

    Please add my name I had a 2003 Acura 3.5 RL

  • Robert L Berger September 1, 2020

    I had owned a 2010 and a 2012 Honda Accord so please add me.

  • Greg September 1, 2020

    2009 CRV had airbags replaced. It was a terrible ordeal which took several months. Please add me if eligible.

  • Tamera Richardson September 1, 2020

    Add me Honda keeps attempting to contact me to replace airbags

  • LaTori Arrington September 1, 2020

    It’s great to be given knowledge of settlements, especially if your unaware. Grateful to have attorneys that will plead a client’s case and stand for justice

  • DIANA L MARINE September 1, 2020

    I recently had the passenger airbag in the right side of the seat blow out for no reason I was just driving. Spoke to Honda they wanted 150.00 to check it out

  • Gary S Heller September 1, 2020

    Please add me. I had s 2014 and 2016 CRV that needed the airbags corrected.

  • Nichole Scott September 1, 2020

    Add me I have a honda civic 2013 and my check airbag light keeps popping on.

  • Martha Emery September 1, 2020

    Please add me I had a 2004 Honda Accord it was total because someone stole my car and was in a bad accident

  • Joann Hartmann September 1, 2020

    I had TWO recalls to fix defective airbags in my Toyota Corolla. Its an aggravation to get them fixed. Not once but twice.

  • DORIS BREWER September 1, 2020

    I had my airbags replaced on my 2011 Honda Fit. Please include me

  • Kevin Cohen September 1, 2020

    Add me had to take my 97 Honda Civic in for the recall replaced

  • Jazmine Boyd September 1, 2020

    I have a honda accord that comes up on the list for a airbag recall. I’ve yet to hear anything when I contacted them other than they don’t have parts to fix it.

  • Amanda blackburn September 1, 2020

    Add me my 2001 Honda Civic has 2 recalls for the takata airbags to be replaced.

  • Brian Dilonardo September 1, 2020

    I have a 2011 Honda CR-V,,the defective airbags needed to be replaced

  • sandra doner September 1, 2020

    I had my drivers side air bag replaced. Then 1 yr later had to have passenger side replaced. I have 1 2009 Honda CRV. Since they were replaced by the dealer am I included in this new suit?

  • Mike Medina September 1, 2020

    Add me. I Have a 2010 Honda which had to have airbags replaced.

  • Shanna September 1, 2020

    I had hit a deer and totaled my Honda and the airbags didn’t deploy. And was told I couldn’t be a part of the lawsuit.

  • Jesus Barajas September 1, 2020

    Please add me , Honda Accord 2013

  • Lucy Burany September 1, 2020

    My sister has Honda we got hit at the back of the car airbags didnt work pls add me and my sis.

  • MARIE MOTA September 1, 2020

    I was hit and my airbag never even went off. Its bs. Please include me in this settlement. And – I was hit by a t
    big truck!

  • Divina G Pappas September 1, 2020

    Does this lawsuit include all Hondas?

  • Samuil Packer September 1, 2020

    Add me Honda CRV 2008

  • Giovanni Stewart September 1, 2020

    Add myself 2015 Honda Accord

  • Dorie harris September 1, 2020

    Add me

  • Olivia Heath September 1, 2020

    I do own a honda and have had to take my car in for replacement bags.

  • Cledwyn searchwell September 1, 2020

    Add me too 2010 Honda pilot

  • Amy Raigoza September 1, 2020

    I took my Honda in to the Honda dealership. My air bag light was on and it stayed on after the “repair” and they did not correct this issue.

  • m. gee September 1, 2020

    I have a 2004 Honda Accord V6 and 2009 Honda Civic.

  • Scott Weiner September 1, 2020

    I have a 2003 Honda Accord. I got a notice, but have yet to have my airbag replaced. Am I still eligible?

  • Shannon Cruz September 1, 2020

    Had 2013 crv

  • Jayne Harris September 1, 2020

    I do own a honda and have had to take my car in for replacement bags.

  • F.Lee Carraway September 1, 2020

    My mother and I both had Honda accords with this defect. Not a peep from them to fix. Also had 3 BMW, X3 & 2 330ci. Never received and compensation for those vehicles either

  • SandyG September 1, 2020

    My mother had a 2007 Civic that was recalled but the dealer never had the parts to fix it. I had a 2010 which also was recalled but couldn’t be done. We finally got rid of both cars due to the safety issue.

  • Guadalupe Chavez September 1, 2020

    I have 2007 Honda Accord they did replace the airbags am I still eligible for the lawsuit? Thank you

  • Luay Kizy September 1, 2020

    If this includes 2012 Honda Pilot than add me please

  • Greg tritle September 1, 2020

    I had to take my car in and get driver side and passenger replaced. Then a couple years later I got another notice to go back in and get the driver side replaced again please add me very frustrating and inconvenient!!

  • Darryl cromar September 1, 2020

    add me

    • Dorie Harris September 1, 2020

      Add me

  • Sandra Solis September 1, 2020

    Does this law suit includes Honda Accord 2012 models?

  • J Woodruff September 1, 2020

    Does this class action include 2010 Honda Fit? Add me.

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