In years past, car thieves tend to go for unattended items, such as purses, wallets, CDs, and more. They also tend to focus on radio heads and the full car. However, thieves are now stealing airbags from Honda vehicles, making some car owners scratch their heads in wonder. According to recent reports by USA Today, airbag thefts have spiked in a variety of markets around the country.
Approximately 50,000 airbags are stolen each year according to the NICB (National Insurance Crime Bureau). However, some areas have seen significant spikes. For example, in one Florida county, only 38 airbags were stolen five years ago, but last year, those numbers increased to 875. Regardless of where you live, it seems that most vehicles with stolen airbags have been Honda, which is something to which the carmaker is confused.
Chris Martin, a Honda spokesperson, claims there’s no way to be sure that only Hondas are being targeted, as many owners don’t report theft directly to the carmaker. However, they are aware that Hondas are being targeted more than others.
While Honda is one of the most often stolen vehicles in the United States, some question the targeting of airbags. They believe it could have a connection to the Takata airbag recalls within the last few years. Honda was heavily affected by the recall, as almost 12 million vehicles were called into dealerships to get the airbags replaced to prevent inadvertent detonation that could have had deadly consequences. When you consider that black market airbags are sold for much less than a dealership version, you can see how theft is profitable.