Due to issues with airbag safety, Honda Motor announced on Thursday that it will recall thousands of its Odyssey minivans and Acura SUVs. About 318,000 of the minivans from 2003 and 2004 models while 56,000 of the 2003 Acura MDX are included in the list of cars to recall.
Because of “small but increasing number of complaints in recent months of inadvertent airbag deployment” of the Acura and Odyssey models, Honda decided to recall the automobiles involved. The Tokyo-based automaker has issued a recall of 318,000 Odyssey minivans in the United States while 23,000 are also being recalled in Canada. Besides the 56,000 Acura MDX in the US, a thousand more are recalled in Japan and 4,800 in Canada. There are also almost 1,600 of the models that need to be recalled in Australia.
Airbags are only activated when an accident occurs, but in the case of the Odyssey and Acura models, as reported, airbags set off on their own. It was found out that an electrical interference has caused the airbags to inflate all of a sudden. No crash was reported because of a sudden inflated airbag, but Honda Motor has still ordered the recall of the more than 300,000 cars so the automaker’s technicians can install electrical noise filters that would block the electrical interference. The recall would be the second involving airbags of Odyssey minivans. Back in 2011, its 2003 minivan was included in the recall list so driver’s inflators could be replaced.
[via USA Today]
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