The 2008-2009 Honda Accord is being recalled for inadvertent airbag deployment.
A total of 303,904 Accord sedans are impacted by the recall in the U.S., which addresses a flaw that could result in the side-door airbags deploying even if the vehicles are not involved in a crash. According to the recall notice, the affected 2008-2009 Honda Accord sedans may inadvertently deploy their airbags if the ignition is on and a door is slammed, or if there’s a significant impact to the lower body of the car. Honda has received 19 reports of injuries related to the issue.
The recall is separate from the massive Takata airbag recall that involves over 20-million vehicles. That airbag recall has been tied to at least eight deaths in Honda vehicles after exploding with too much force and spraying metal and plastic shards at passengers.
Honda will upgrade software in order to address the glitch in the affected Accords for free. This recall is not a hardware or supplier-related issue.