Thought you’d heard the last bit of news regarding exploding airbags from Takata? Think again. Honda has issued a recall for the 2016 CR-V to replace driver-side front airbag modules. Fortunately, only 515 vehicles are covered by this recall, and only 30 affected models were actually in the hands of consumers. And, if you own a 2016 CR-V and haven’t gotten a phone call from Honda, you’re apparently in the clear.
On October 10, 2015, an airbag inflator made by Takata ruptured in Monclova, Mexico, while being tested. Two days later, Takata notified Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, prompting this recall. According to Honda’s official announcement, though, this faulty inflator is not believed to be the same issue that caused automakers around the globe to recall 19.2 million (and counting) vehicles to replace defective airbag modules that were also made by Takata. Whether that’s comforting or not, we’ll let you decide.
We’ve included both the official recall notice from NHTSA and the statement from Honda below. Here’s hoping the faulty inflator that caused this recall was nothing more than a single defective part.
RECALL Subject : Driver Side Air Bag Inflator may Rupture
Report Receipt Date: OCT 29, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V714000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
American Honda Motor Company, Inc. (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2016 CR-V vehicles manufactured October 12, 2015, to October 19, 2015. The metal housing surrounding the driver’s air bag inflator in these vehicles may have been manufactured incorrectly.
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver side frontal air bag module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 4, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda’a number for this recall is JV9.
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.
Statement by American Honda Regarding Driver Front Airbag Module Recall: 2016 Honda CR-V
Oct 30, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.
Honda will voluntarily recall 515 model-year 2016 CR-V vehicles in the United States to replace the driver front airbag module, free of charge. Only thirty of these vehicles were sold to customers in the U.S. prior to dealer notification to stop sales of the affected vehicles. American Honda has already contacted all of these owners by phone to inform them of the issue and to offer free loaner vehicles until recall repairs can be completed. No injuries or market occurrences have been reported related to this issue, which involves a weakness in the airbag inflator casing that was discovered during inflator quality testing at the supplier, Takata.
A Takata driver’s front airbag inflator ruptured on October 10, 2015 during a Lot Acceptance Test (LAT) at a Takata plant in Monclova, Mexico. Inflators from this lot were being manufactured for installation in airbag modules intended for the 2016 Honda CR-V as original equipment in the U.S. and Canada. No injuries occurred as a result of the lot test rupture. After Takata notified Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on October 12, 2015, Honda initiated actions to trace airbag modules containing inflators from the same lot as the failed inflator so that affected parts and vehicles could be quarantined.
A total of 515 model-year 2016 Honda CR-V vehicles equipped with airbag modules containing inflators from the same manufacturing lot were shipped to dealers in the U.S., all of which will be subject to recall. Beyond the thirty vehicles sold before sales were halted, all remaining unsold vehicles are subject to a stop-sale order initiated by Honda and will not be sold to customers until recall repairs are completed.
Honda’s Service Engineering and Quality groups have been communicating with Takata and NHTSA about this incident. Takata is performing an ongoing investigation into the cause of the rupture. Takata’s preliminary analysis suggests that the rupture occurred as a result of a structural failure in the inflator casing, not as a result of a problem with the inflator propellant. As such, the defect in the airbag inflators of the affected CR-V vehicles does not appear to be similar to the defect in other Takata airbag inflators that have led to inflator ruptures in vehicles produced by Honda or other manufacturers. In those airbag inflators, the aging of the inflator propellant and exposure to high heat and high absolute humidity are believed to play a central role.