Honda and the U.S. government are urging owners of about 8,200 older cars not to get behind the wheel until dangerous airbag inflators are replaced, the AP reports.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Friday issued a Do Not Drive advisory for 2001-2003 cars with Takata airbags, which have a high chance of exploding and scattering debris in a collision.
The safety agency says the risk to drivers and passengers is very high because the so-called "Alpha" airbags have a 50% chance of exploding in an accident. If the inflatables explode, they could shoot shrapnel into the driver's face, which could result in death or serious injury.
The agency reports that Honda and Acura cars have been recalled previously, but records show that no repairs have been made to the affected vehicles. Honda has already replaced 99 percent of the dangerous inflatables.
The affected vehicles include 2001 and 2002 Honda Accord and Civic models, 2002 Honda CR-V and Odyssey SUVs, 2003 Honda Pilot, 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL, and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL.