Airbag issues haunt Honda, prompt new recall

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Honda’s safety issues with its airbags seem to continue as the company announced yet another recall of vehicles, this time for an airbag safety defect.  Honda announced it will recall nearly three-quarters of a million vehicles because missing rivets could case their driver’s side airbags to fail to properly deploy in the event of a crash. 

The latest safety-related problem involves 748,000 of the maker’s popular Pilot crossover Odyssey minivan models. The latest recall covers Honda Pilot models produced during the 2009 through 2013 model-years and Odyssey minivans from 2011 through 2013. Customers are being asked to take the vehicles to their dealers for inspection of the driver’s-side airbags and, if necessary, for repairs. It’s the latest in a series of problems Honda has had with airbags that have now resulted in the recall of several million vehicles in recent years. That includes one problem in which airbags could inflate over-aggressively, causing shrapnel to fire into the passenger compartment. 

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According to a statement from Honda, œDriver’s-side airbags in these vehicles potentially were assembled without some of the rivets that secure the airbag’s plastic cover. If the rivets are missing, the airbag may not deploy properly, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue.  

The maker says no crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of the problem. It plans to notify owners in mid-February, though owners may contact the company by dialing 800-999-1009 and selecting option 4, or by going to www.recalls.honda.com.
 
Honda has been facing an ongoing series of issues, including airbag and vehicle fire problems, that resulted in the maker having more vehicles called back for safety repairs than any other manufacturer in 2011. Last year, it came in second, with 3.9 million vehicles involved in safety campaigns, behind only Toyota, which itself recalled 5.3 million cars, trucks and crossovers.
 
Airbag defects can result in devastating injuries or even fatalities.   We count on a vehicle’s airbags to provide us with that additional layer of protection in the event of a serious or violent crash. There is the potential for major injuries in such cases where airbags have not deployed — from broken bones and internal injuries to brain injuries and spinal cord damage.  Automakers have a duty and responsibility to consumers to have proper quality control measures in place to prevent these types of manufacturing defects. When a defect does occur and the automakers are aware of it, they have the responsibility to inform the government right away and issue a prompt recall so the safety defect can be fixed. Anyone who owns the Honda vehicles involved in this recall would be well advised to contact their dealers right away to have the vehicle inspected and repaired.
 
The Florida auto defect attorneys of Edwards & Ragatz represent victims of defective auto products,  car crashes, dangerous roadways, and many other personal injuries.
 
Sources:
First Coast News: Honda Recalls 748,000 Pilots & Odysseys for Airbag Risk
NBC News: Honda recalls 750,000 vehicles for airbag defects

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