2003-04 Honda Odyssey, 2003 Acura MDX Recalled For Airbag Flaw

September 19, 2013

Just two weeks after its younger siblings were recalled for stalling issues, the 2003-04 Honda Odyssey is being recalled for a problem with its airbags. According to Detroit News, the recall also includes 2003 models of the Acura MDX.

The flaw stems from a dodgy computer chip used in the system that deploys airbags. Chips from the same supplier have caused recalls of other vehicles, including the Jeep Liberty and Jeep Grand Cherokee last year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received at least six complaints of Odyssey airbags deploying without a crash, and another 41 consumers have complained about the airbag warning light being illuminated. Thankfully, no crashes or fatalities have been associated with the issue.

The solution to the problem lies in preventing electrical interference with the airbag system. Honda says that it will repair recalled vehicles by installing an electrical noise filter next to the control unit that contains the flawed chip.

In all, some 374,000 vehicles are affected by the Honda/Acura recall -- 318,000 Odysseys and 56,000 MDXs.

Honda hasn't yet published a timeline for the recall. If you own one of the vehicles listed above, we suggest you contact your local Honda dealer for details, call Honda Customer Service at 800-999-1009, or ring NHTSA at 888-327-4236.


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