WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 348,000 Honda Accords for a flaw that could prevent airbags from deploying in a crash.
The agency said today it has received 19 consumer complaints of a malfunctioning airbag control module in 2008 Accords, including one involving a frontal crash in which the driver was injured and the frontal airbags failed to deploy.
In a statement, a Honda spokesman said the company is aware of the investigation and will cooperate with NHTSA as it continues its own internal review of issue.
According to NHTSA, the faulty modules cause a dashboard indicator light for the supplemental restraint system to be illuminated, and malfunctioning modules were unable to communicate, preventing diagnostic trouble codes from being received by mechanics.
Some consumers have had to replace the modules.
NHTSA said the inability for the modules to communicate “raises concern about the readiness of the entire supplemental restraints system.”
The vehicles will be recalled if NHTSA determines one is warranted.