I’m sure you have already heard all about the Takata airbag recall, so I’m not going to go into all the details about that. I own a 2011 Honda CRV and I received a notice in the mail. I nervously drove my CRV down to the Dealership and spoke with a nice lady about my options. They told me the parts would arrive in a couple of days. The letter I received said it would be summertime. I’m willing to bet it won’t be a couple of days. I also saw the 30 or so cars parked out back that are scheduled for the same airbag replacement as mine. They told me that they would order my parts, and in a couple of days when they arrived I could drive back to the dealership and they would fix my car. Right… I politely told them I didn’t feel safe driving in this type of vehicle that had already killed 11 people. It was almost like they were waiting for me to say that. They then switched into a different mode, and began to get me set up for a rental.
Important Note: Don’t let them trick you into driving your car with this defect, and also don’t sign their release form they have that allows you to drive your own vehicle back out of their lot. Only continue to drive your defective car if you choose to. This is what I did.
They delivered me to a car rental business, and I was given a choice between two cars. I didn’t like my choices so I asked the to take me back to my car. I chose to continue to drive my defective CRV, and luckily they for got about the release form by then. I drove my car off the lot that day, but I only did so because I had a plan.
I bought eye and throat protection
When I got home I went on a search for something I could put around my neck that would be strong enough to slow down and possible inhibit the damage from shrapnel from an exploding airbag. I knew that realistically I would not be able to stop it completely, and completely prevent an injury to my face and neck. I was willing to take some damage, but my main goal was to prevent damage that would kill me. I searched for a very long time, and looked at many options. I finally found something that I felt would have the tough construction to slow the shrapnel enough to keep it from entering my neck enough to cut vital blood vessels. What I found is Maddog Pro Padded Paintball Neck Protector that is used in paintball to stop direct hits to the neck area. These shots and very painful. I ordered one, and received it a couple of days later. The construction is VERY sturdy, and I feel it will do what I want it to. I have to reinforce that what I am doing is not a guarantee that you will be safe if you do the same thing. I am only telling you what I am doing, and how safe it makes me feel when I drive my Honda. I feel it will protect my life if one of my airbags is deployed, even though I might suffer some lacerations from the shrapnel in certain areas. Do this at your own risk.
Here are the two things I bought
AFFECTED VEHICLES (total U.S.-market number in parentheses, if known):
Acura: 2002–2003, 2009–2014 TL; 2003 CL; 2003–2006 MDX; 2005–2012 Acura RL; 2007–2016 RDX; 2010–2013 ZDX; 2013–2016 ILX
Audi (approximately 170,000): 2006–2013 A3; 2006–2009 A4 cabriolet; 2009–2012 Q5; 2010–2011 A5 cabriolet; 2015 Q5
BMW (approximately 1,605,000): 2000–2011 3-series sedan; 2000–2012 3-series wagon; 2002–2013 3-series coupe and convertible; 2001–2013 M3 coupe and convertible; 2002–2003 5-series and M5; 2003–2004, 2007–2013 X5; 2007–2010 X3; 2008–2013 1-series coupe and convertible; 2008–2011 M3 sedan; 2008–2014 X6; 2013–2015 X1
Buick: 2015 LaCrosse
Cadillac: 2015 XTS
Chevrolet (510,454, including Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Saab, and Saturn): 2007–2008 Chevrolet Silverado HD; 2015 Camaro, Equinox, Malibu
Chrysler: 2005–2010 Chrysler 300; 2006–2007 Crossfire; 2007–2008 Aspen
Daimler: 2006–2008 Dodge Sprinter 2500 and 3500; 2007–2014 Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500
Dodge/Ram (approximately 5.64 million, including Chrysler, not including Daimler-built Sprinter): 2003–2008 Dodge Ram 1500; 2005–2010 Charger and Magnum; 2005–2011 Dakota; 2004–2008 Durango; 2003–2009 Ram 2500 and 3500; 2008–2010 Challenger, Ram 4500, and Ram 5500
Ford (1,509,535): 2004–2006 Ranger; 2005–2006 GT; 2005–2014 Mustang
GMC: 2007–2008 GMC Sierra HD; 2015 Terrain
Honda (approximately 8.51 million, including Acura): 2001–2007 Accord (four-cylinder); 2001–2002 Accord (V-6); 2001–2005 Civic; 2002–2011, 2016 CR-V; 2002–2004 Odyssey; 2003–2005 Civic Hybrid; 2003–2011 Element; 2003–2008 Pilot; 2006–2014 Ridgeline; 2009–2014 Fit; 2010–2014 FCX Clarity; 2010–2014 Insight; 2011–2015 CR-Z
Infiniti: 2001–2004 Infiniti I30/I35; 2002–2003 Infiniti QX4; 2003–2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45; 2006 Infiniti M35/M45
Lexus: 2002–2010 SC430
Mazda (approximately 500,000): 2003–2008 Mazda 6; 2006–2007 Mazdaspeed 6; 2004–2008 Mazda RX-8; 2004 MPV; 2004–2006 B-series
Mercedes-Benz (approximately 847,627, including Daimler): 2005–2011 C-class (excluding C55 AMG but including 2009–2011 C63 AMG); 2007–2008 SLK-class; 2007–2014 Sprinter; 2009–2012 GL-class; 2009–2011 M-class, 2009–2012 R-class; 2010–2011 E-class sedan, wagon, coupe, and convertible; 2010–2012 GLK-class; 2011–2014 SLS AMG coupe and roadster
Mitsubishi (104,994): 2004–2006 Lancer and Lancer Evolution; 2006–2009 Raider
Nissan (approximately 1,091,000, including Infiniti): 2001–2003 Maxima; 2002–2004 Pathfinder; 2002–2006 Nissan Sentra
Pontiac (approximately 300,000): 2003–2007 Vibe
Saab: 2003–2011 9-3; 2005 9-2X; 2010–2011 9-5
Saturn: 2008–2009 Astra
Subaru (approximately 80,000): 2003–2005 Baja, Legacy, Outback; 2004–2005 Impreza, Impreza WRX, Impreza WRX STI
Toyota (approximately 3,113,000, including Lexus): 2002–2007 Toyota Sequoia; 2003–2008 Corolla and Corolla Matrix; 2003–2006 Tundra; 2004–2005 RAV4
Volkswagen (680,000): 2006–2010, 2012–2014 Passat; 2009–2014 CC; 2010–2014 Jetta SportWagen and Golf; 2012–2014 Eos; 2015 Tiguan