Takata Airbag Recall Hits Motorcycles

Takata Airbag Recall Hits Motorcycles

Who would have thought the Takata air bag dramas would have affected motorcycles?

But then no one imagined you’d find an airbag in a motorcycle until Honda fitted them to the Goldwing in 2006.

It seems the massive global recall of potentially faulty airbags supplied by Japanese company Takata has filtered through to the big tourer.

The recall is confined at this stage to certain models of the GL1800 Goldwing sold into the US with build dates from February 8, 2020, to May 14, 2020.

It is believed that around 2,700 motorcycles are affected by the recall.

At this stage, no other recalls have been issued worldwide, however in light of how the Takata saga has unfolded in the car world it would not be surprising to hear of further recall notices in other regions.

We will be monitoring the situation and reporting on any updates as they come through.

Honda started fitting airbags to the Goldwing in 2006.

It was an innovative move by Honda and met with varying degrees of curiosity, praise, and bewilderment - even criticism.

But reports in 2009 of a 57 year old German engineer who survived a crash that all but destroyed the front end of his Goldwing suddenly made the world take a different view.

The force of the impact with a tree destroyed the front panel of his Goldwing, snapping the left fork leg and smashing the engine, but Willi Hansel believes the airbag saved his life.

At the time Honda Australia General Manager for Motorcycles, Tony Hinton, said “Although it is never a good thing when a motorcyclist gets injured, this is a fantastic story in many respects”.

Luxury model Goldwings brought into Australia are fitted with an airbag as standard equipment.

About the author

Steve McDowall

Steve is the team’s motorcycle writer and contributes to the podcast each week. He started his “on air” career as a guest on 4BC where he met Joel, and has been with Behind the Wheel now for over 6 years. Steve’s fascination for anything with wheels and an engine started as a child and even though he still loves his cars, he found his true passion was with motorcycles. He is also an accredited rider trainer, consultant and coach. Check out Steve’s website – motorcyclelife.com.au

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