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Honda Stops Sale of New Acura ZDX

NHTSA documents reveal defect interferes with airbag.

by on Apr.19, 2010

A simple error with potentially deadly consequences for a passenger.

American Honda Motor Company is alerting owners of new 2010 Acura ZDX models to bring the large crossover vehicle into a dealership for an instrument panel inspection.

The unspecified supplier of the dashboard has told Honda that a laser-cut scoring on the underside of the dashboard surface material is missing.

As a result, the passenger side airbag of the 2010 ZDX will not deploy properly, according to Honda documents revealed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

About 1,850 Acura ZDX vehicles are affected covering five months of production.

Honda says the dashboard inspection is a simple visual check. After the dealer inspection, if a ZDX is determined to have a dashboard without the proper scoring, the dashboard will be replaced.

Honda also has told Acura dealers to stop selling ZDX models, pending the inspection.

Owners of affected vehicles will be informed by mail starting April 21. ZDX owners can go to, or owners may call (800) 382-2238 for more information. NHTSA recall number 10V-145. (more…)