Honda will recall around 341,000 Accord sedans in U.S. over restraint system

TOKYO — Honda Motor Co. said it will recall 341,000 Accord sedans in the United States to replace an electric control unit used in its restraint system after confirming two injuries linked to the units.

The recall, which affects the model years 2008-2010, is due to moisture affecting the units, which can result in the possibility that airbags may not deploy in the event of a crash, Honda said in a statement today.

Honda said a new restraint system control unit (SRS) will be installed for free.

“However, due to the large volume of new parts needed to repair affected units, the necessary parts will not be available until fall 2016,” the statement said. Recall letters will be sent in mid-March and another letter will be sent when parts become available, Honda said.

If affected vehicles have an activated restraint system indicator light, drivers should bring the car to their dealership for a diagnostic check, Honda said.

“If the check indicates the safety defect is present, the SRS electronic control unit will be replaced free of charge using a limited supply of updated replacement parts,” the automaker said.

Reuters and Automotive News staff contributed to this report.

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