Honda recalls 11,602 Accords for faulty front airbag modules

The Basics: While replacing the problematic Takata airbag inflators, Honda found that certain model year 2004-07 Accords – 11,602 of them – were fitted with the incorrect front passenger airbag modules. The modules installed were designed to South American specifications and do not meet US federal safety regulations.

The Problem: Since the airbags do not meet federal regulations, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration deems them unsafe.

Injuries/Deaths: None reported.

The fix: Dealers will inspect the airbag modules on the models in question, and where necessary, replace them with the correct US-market units.

If you own one: Owners can expect to hear from the manufacturer beginning May 5 in order to arrange for their vehicles to undergo the recall service. That is, unless your Accord was already repaired under the Takata inflator recall – in which case this problem was already addressed.

RECALL Subject : Incorrect Passenger Air Bag Module/FMVSS 208

Report Receipt Date: MAR 30, 2016

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V178000

Component(s): AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 11,602

Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

SUMMARY:

Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2004-2007 Accord vehicles manufactured October 1, 2003, to August 17, 2007. The affected vehicles may have been assembled with an incorrect passenger frontal air bag module that does not comply with the advanced air bag requirements. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.”

CONSEQUENCE:

An air bag module does not meet the advanced air bag requirements can increase the risk of injury or death in the event of a crash.

REMEDY:

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the air bag module as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 5, 2016. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda’s number for this recall is JZ3.

NOTES:

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Statement by American Honda Regarding Passenger Front Airbag Module Recall: 2004-2007 Honda Accord

Apr 8, 2016 – TORRANCE, Calif.

– 11,602 older-model Accords vehicles included

– South American specification original passenger front airbag modules were mistakenly supplied for affected vehicles

– Issue was discovered during Takata airbag inflator recall repairs

Honda will voluntarily recall 11,602 model-year 2004-2007 Accord vehicles in the United States to inspect and, if needed, replace the passenger front airbag module, free of charge. Original airbag modules designed for installation into vehicles for sale in South America were mistakenly supplied during production of affected U.S. specification Accord vehicles. The incorrect airbag modules do not comply with United States federal regulations. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue, which was discovered during repairs under a Takata front passenger airbag inflator recall.

All of the affected Accord vehicles are also included in a Takata front passenger airbag inflator recall or safety improvement campaign, which require replacement of only the airbag inflator within the airbag module. Each Honda dealer is required to verify that the removed airbag inflator is part of the recall before completing repairs, and through that process, Honda dealers discovered this issue. If a vehicle has already been repaired as part of a Takata front passenger airbag inflator recall or campaign, it will not be included in this new recall.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage each owner of an affected vehicle to take it to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will begin in early-May 2016. Additionally, owners of these vehicles can determine if their vehicles require repair now by going to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.

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