NHTSA investigates Honda Accord airbag failures
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into potential airbag problems with older Honda Accords.
The agency has received at least 19 complaints alleging failure of the supplemental restraint system (SRS) module. Most of the submissions merely claim the SRS diagnostic light has come on and dealers have advised that the module needs replaced, at a cost of between $400 and $700.
“My son was driving my car and did not make a turn and ran into a concrete block wall at about 50 mph,” one complaint says. “The air bags did not deploy.”
The NHTSA is particularly concerned about reports claiming the SRS module is unable to communicate, preventing diagnostic trouble codes from being retrieved by service technicians.
“An inability of the SRS unit to communicate raises concern about the readiness of the entire supplemental restraints system,” the agency notes. “As a result, for vehicles with a failed SRS module, some or all of the air bags may be unavailable in a crash warranting deployment.”