DETROIT (CBSLA.com/AP) — Owners of 313,000 older Hondas and Acuras should stop driving them and get them repaired after new tests found that their Takata air bag inflators are extremely dangerous, the U.S. government warned Thursday.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has data showing that chances are as high as 50 percent that the inflators can explode in a crash, injuring people by sending metal shrapnel into the passenger compartments.
“These vehicles are unsafe and need to be repaired immediately,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired.”
Takata inflators can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and spewing metal fragments.
At least 11 people have died, and more than 100 have been injured worldwide from the problem. Authorities in Malaysia are investigating three more deaths that may be linked to the inflators.