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Honda is conducting a voluntary safety recall of 748,000 Pilot SUVs and Odyssey minivans in the U.S. for a potential airbag defect.
The Japanese automaker issued a statement last week announcing its plans to recall certain 2009 through 2013 Honda Pilot and 2011 through 2013 Honda Odyssey vehicles. This week, a notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website provided further details. The vehicles subject to this safety recall were built from March 13, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
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At issue are some rivets that may be missing from the airbag cover that attaches to the airbag module. In documentation (PDF) submitted to the NHTSA, Honda said that during assembly, it is possible that not all six rivets affixing the cover were installed. The possible consequence, according to Honda: “The absence of one or more of the rivets could alter the performance of the driver’s airbag during deployment, potentially increasing the risk of injury during a crash.”
The problem was discovered by a worker who noticed a missing rivet during the assembly process. Honda began an investigation which culminated in the decision to begin a recall.
Honda said that it has not received any warranty reports or claims from customers for this issue, nor have there been any claims alleging injury or death related to this concern.
What Honda will do
Honda will notify owners, advising them to take their vehicles to a Honda dealer. The dealer will inspect and replace, if necessary, the driver’s side airbag module. The service will be performed free of charge. The Honda safety recall campaign, identified as S75, is expected to begin on or about February 16, 2013.
In the meantime, owners of 2009 through 2013 Honda Pilot and 2011 through 2013 Honda Odyssey vehicles with any questions or concerns may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V016000.
This is the second recall of Honda Pilot and Odyssey vehicles in two months. In December, Honda recalled some 807,000 Pilot and Odyssey vehicles in the U.S. for a potential rollaway problem.