At VIFreepBreaking NewsBusiness NewsConsumer NewsSt. Croix NewsSt. John NewsSt. Thomas News

AG Walker Urges Public To Take Advantage Of Honda, Acura Repair-A-Thons


CHARLOTTE AMALIE – 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 room.

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 consumers.”

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 said.

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 or on the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs’ website, Commissioner Carrington directed.

The Honda repair-a-thons are scheduled as follows:

Sept. 8 to 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hendricks International on St. Croix

Sept. 15 to Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 the Fort Christian Parking Lot on St. Thomas.

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.


 VI AG Claude Walker

Previous post

Eugenia Winston, Accused Mailer Of Packages With Harmless White Powder, Released To Custody Of Her Sister

Next post

St. Thomas Police Arrest Wahilli James For Jewelry Store Robbery in 2013

The Author

John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

No Comment

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *