Honda recalling 300k older Accords over airbag issue

Honda recalling 300k older Accords over airbag issue

Honda is recalling more than 300,000 Accord sedans from the 2008-2009 model years over side airbags that can inadvertently deploy.

Honda announced the recall of 303,904 Accords in the United States on Friday after it discovered a flaw in the vehicles’ side Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) software. According to Honda, the glitchy software can mistake a forceful door close or an under-body impact as a vehicle crash, thereby deploying the side seat and/or side curtain airbags.

Honda warns that an accidental deployment can cause injury. So far the automaker has received 19 injury reports linked to the recall issue.

Honda says the problem is software related rather than hardware-based, meaning the flaw can be fixed with a simple software update. Honda dealers will provide the update free of charge.

Honda expected to begin the recall process in mid-December.

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