ST. THOMAS, V.I. – Attorney General
Claude Earl Walker is urging owners of Honda and Acura vehicles to take
advantage of the Honda Repair-A-Thon, which involves removing Takata airbags
from their vehicles.
AG Walker made this appeal Thursday
afternoon during a joint press conference with Department of Licensing and
Consumer Affairs Commissioner Delvin Carrington and Department of Licensing and
Consumer Affairs Commissioner Lawrence Olive.
The press conference was held at the Department of Justice conference
The Honda Repair-A-Thon was
precipitated by the enforcement action that AG Walker filed in the Virgin
Islands Superior Court on May 2 against Takata Corporation, Honda Motor
Company, and their US subsidiaries for manufacturing, selling, and using
airbags that they knew to be unsafe.
According to Walker, the Virgin
Islands has been designated as one of the US jurisdictions with the greatest
risk for airbag ruptures and has the highest priority recalls; however, too
little has been done in the Virgin Islands to ensure that consumers are aware
of the recall and able to access needed repairs.
“As a result,” AG Walker said in his
prepared statement, “I have asked various automakers, including Honda, to
engage more seriously and aggressively in the recall effort here – committing
to “Repair-A-Thons” to bring in Honda technicians and equipment needed to fix
all of their vehicles with dangerous Takata airbags. No long delays, no missing
parts or tied-up mechanics, but on-demand repairs for Virgin Islands
Currently, there are approximately
7,000 cars with Takata airbags in the Virgin Islands, Commissioner Olive said,
as he, too, encouraged Honda owners to have their vehicles checked. “It’s an urgent safety issue. These airbags are really problematic,” he
A list compiled by the National
Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) specifies the affected Honda
vehicles that are subject to the Takata recall, which include 2001-2011 Honda
Accord, 2010-2011 Honda Accord Crosstour, 2001-2011 Honda Civic, 2002-2004
Honda Odyssey, 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline, and 2003-2011 Honda Element. Members of the public can find the complete
list at http://www.nhtsa.gov or on the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs’ website, Commissioner Carrington directed.
The Honda Repair-A-Thons are
scheduled as follows:
to 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hendricks International on St. Croix
to Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.at the Fort Christian Parking Lot on St.
AG Walker stated that this repair
surge is “separate and apart from the government’s lawsuit against Honda and
Takata, which seeks penalties against the companies for their unlawful conduct
and restitution for Virgin Islands consumers.”
AG Walker said he is also in discussion with
other car makers, such as Toyota, who have Takata airbags installed in their
vehicles, to conduct similar Repair-A-Thons.