119K 2019 Honda CR-V crossover SUVs recalled to fix airbags

May 23, 2019

Honda will recall its popular CR-V crossover SUV to address sharp metal within its steering wheel that could damage wiring related to the driver's airbag, federal documents said Thursday.

Honda said it is aware of three injuries related to the issue.

The recall covers approximately 119,000 2019 Honda CR-V crossover SUVs and will begin in early July.

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At fault is the metal core within the steering wheel that Honda said in government filings may have sharp points that could damage a wiring harness routed through the center of the wheel. To eliminate the risk of severed wiring, Honda will instruct its dealers to install a protective cover on the steering wheel core and replace the airbag wiring harness. Dealers will also replace a device called the clockspring, which is a rotary electrical connector that allows the wheel to turn while maintaining electrical contact.

The recall will be performed for free.

In a statement, Honda said that signs of a damaged wiring harness include malfunctioning steering wheel control buttons, unexpected horn sounding, or an airbag warning light. 

2019 Honda CR-V

2019 Honda CR-V

Honda said in a defect report shared by the NHTSA that it discovered the fault in January on a 2019 CR-V still at one of its assembly plants. As of May 14, the automaker said that it has received 41 warranty claims, six unprompted airbag deployments, and three reports of injuries related to the airbags. 

The automaker began installing modified steering wheel cores on January 31. Honda did not say what the build date range is for affected CR-Vs. 

Honda began notifying its dealers of the issue May 22 and said that it will begin alerting owners of affected vehicles around July 8. 

(Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the reason for recall. Honda said six airbags deployed without prompt, and three injuries were reported because of those airbags.)

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