The downside to big sales in the auto business is that when recalls happen, they're big too. Honda Motor Company is expanding a recall of about half a million Honda and Acura cars and SUVs with defective Takata air bag inflators.
An additional 772,000 vehicles are being ordered back to the dealers, effective January 10. They are:
Honda is just one of several companies that is being forced to do recalls because of airbags made by supplier Takata. The inflators can explode in a crash, sending metal shrapnel flying through the passenger compartment. Ten of the 11 deaths related to the issue happened in Honda vehicles. The other was in a Ford product.
If you have one of the Honda products listed above, you should get your car (maybe on the back of a tow truck, just to be safe) to your local dealer as soon as possible.
NewsRadio KFBK's Mike Hagerty is a native Californian. Born in Los Angeles, raised from age nine in the Eastern High Sierra, Mike's broadcasting career began at age 15 in Bishop, and took him to San Luis Obispo, Ukiah, and then out of state to Reno, Las Vegas and Phoenix before coming back home.Since arriving at KFBK in late 2013, Mike has been Editor of the KFBK Morning News, Managing Editor, Assistant News Director and is now News Director, in addition to being a part of the KFBK Afternoon News with Kitty O'Neal.
"My mom and dad lived in Sacramento for many years before moving to L.A., and had a lot of friends here that we'd come back to visit. As a kid, I'd spend a week of most summers here in Sacramento. I grew up on movies at the Crest and ice cream at Gunther's and Vic's. Because of that, Sacramento feels like home."
In addition to covering every presidential election since 1980, the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the O.J. Simpson trial, Mike has been an automotive journalist for almost 20 years, reviewing new cars on radio, TV and online, and is a member of Western Automotive Journalists in the Bay Area.
"The fascination with cars is genetic, I think. My dad loved them so much, he bought a gas station when he lived here in Sacramento, just so he could be around cars all day. "
Mike and his wife Rhonda (also a native Californian, and a 34-year resident of the Sacramento area) live in Folsom with their two miniature Schnauzers. Between them, they have four grown children. Mike and Rhonda are avid travelers and love the outdoors, movies, live theater and musical performances and great Northern California food and wine and locally-brewed beer.