Honda Australia airbag recall grows to 306,000, models with autonomous braking also recalled
Honda Australia’s recall of models equipped with defective Takata airbags has expanded once more, bringing the company’s local total of affected vehicles to approximately 306,000.
Later that month, the airbag-specific recall expanded to include more vehicles in those lines, along with 2009 model-year variants of the light City sedan. This second recall had been announced by Honda, but not properly published by the ACCC on its Product Safety Recalls website.
Models affected in that expanded recall include the 2004-09 Jazz, 2004-09 Accord Euro, 2002-09 CR-V, 2004-05 Civic and 2009 City ranges.
Honda has now announced another recall related to the faulty Takata inflators, affecting driver-side airbags specifically.
Honda says the new recall follows an investigation of parts returned during the wider airbag recall.
“As a result of investigating parts returned from the market, some driver’s front SRS airbag inflators were confirmed to have wide ranges of density variation within propellants,” Hondaa Australia said in a statement today.
“Although the cause has not been determined, and since there is a risk of abnormal airbag deployment, relevant inflators will be replaced with new parts as a precautionary action.”
The company says that, as with its wider Takata-related airbag recall – now the largest recall in global automotive history – a shortage of parts means the replacement of every faulty inflator “will take time”.
More: Takata airbag recall – everything you need to know
Autonomous Emergency Braking recall
Honda has also announced a recall for vehicles equipped with its Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), a form of Autonomous Emergency Braking.
As with systems offered by other brands, Honda’s CMBS is designed to monitor the road ahead, alerting the driver of potential collisions and automatically braking the car if the driver does not respond.
Honda has confirmed today that in models across the 2013-2015 Accord and 2014-2015 CR-V ranges, “certain driving conditions” may cause CMBS to unexpectedly activate.
“In rare cases, the system may interpret certain roadside objects, such as metal fences or guardrails, as obstacles and apply emergency braking through the CMBS,” the company said in a statement today.
“If the CMBS applies unexpected emergency braking force during normal operation, it could increase the risk of a crash.”
The issue can be remedied with a software update, to be carried out at dealers.
For both recalls, Honda has confirmed it will write to affected owners. If you are not the original owner of your affected vehicle, or if you have changed addresses without advising Honda, you will need to make contact directly.