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More Airbag Trouble for Honda

Feds launch investigation on reports of Accord airbag failures.

by on Aug.24, 2015

The 2008 Honda Accord is subject to a preliminary investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for faulty airbags.

Already struggling to fix millions of vehicles recalled due to defective Takata airbag inflators, Honda has run into still more airbag problems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation covering 384,000 Honda Accords after receiving reports of 19 incidents in which the vehicles’ aribags failed to deploy during a crash. The investigation could eventually lead to a recall that could run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, according to some reports.

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The problem, it appears, may be the result of a faulty Supplemental Restraint System, or SRS, control module, notes NHTSA, a statement by the agency noting that, “For vehicles with a failed SRS module, some or all of the airbags may be unavailable in a crash warranting deployment.”

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Honda CEO Ousted Amidst Airbag Woes

New chief executive Hachigo facing serious challenges.

by on Feb.23, 2015

Honda CEO Takanobu Ito shakes hands withe successor, Takahiro Hachigo in Tokyo on Monday.

Honda’s ongoing airbag problem has claimed another victim. In this case, it’s President and CEO Takanobu Ito, who will step aside in April, at the end of the automaker’s fiscal year.

Honda has been forced to recall millions of vehicles around the world due to problems with faulty airbags supplied by close ally, the Japanese partsmaker Takata. But Honda has run into a number of other issues and earlier this month scaled back its earnings forecast for the rest of the year.

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Ito will be replaced by Takahiro Hachigo, currently Honda’s managing officer. During a 33-year career, Hachigo helped guide the maker’s business ventures in China, Europe and the U.S. Among other things, he led the development of the popular Honda Odyssey minivan built in one of the maker’s many American assembly plants.

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Airbag Issues Continue to Plague Honda in US

Accidental deployment now occurring in 2008 Accord.

by on Feb.04, 2014

The 2008 Honda Accord is subject to a preliminary investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for faulty airbags.

In what will seem like a case of déjà vu, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is conducting a preliminary investigation into faulty airbags in more than 360,000 Honda Accords.

The agency opted to start the review after it received 28 complaints about the airbags accidentally deploying in when a door is closed on 2008 model-year Accords.

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“The complaints indicate the driver-side or passenger-side side curtain airbag and the side torso/seat-mounted airbag deployed when the driver or passenger door was shut. Two of the complaints reported injuries allegedly caused by the deploying air bags,” NHTSA said. (more…)

Honda Announces Fifth Recall of 2012

Faulty fuel tanks trigger latest service action.

by on Feb.23, 2012

The 2012 Honda Pilot and Acura MDX are covered by the maker's latest recall.

Honda has announced the recall of nearly 9,000 late-model crossover-utility vehicles due to potentially faulty fuel tanks that pose the risk of a spill or fire.

The action comes as the maker struggles to resolve quality-related issues that resulted in Honda recalling 3.8-million vehicles in 2011, more than any other automaker operating in the U.S. market.  (For more on that story, Click Here.) 

The maker says it will begin notifying customers next month to bring the covered vehicles in for inspection and, if necessary, free repairs.  The recall affects 8,700 Honda Pilot and Acura MDX models sold during the 2012 model-year.

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The number of vehicles impacted is relatively small – especially when compared to the 45,800 Odyssey minivans involved in another Honda service campaign this month and the 273,000 Honda and Acura products recalled last December due to potentially defective side airbags.  But industry analysts are wondering whether the ongoing series of problems could create an image issue for a brand long known for quality and reliability – just as Honda had hoped to recover from the production shortages caused by Japan’s March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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Honda Recalls on the Rise

Maker announces third action of the month; topped U.S. recall list in 2011.

by on Feb.22, 2012

Honda's latest recall impacts about 46,000 2008 Odyssey minivans.

For a company known for its quality and reliability, Honda has been having a bad month.  The maker today recalled 45,800 of its Odyssey minivans because the gas-filled struts that hold up the rear hatch could fail unexpectedly leading to potentially serious injuries.

It’s the third safety-related service action since just the beginning of February and the fourth since the beginning of 2012.  The numbers are relatively small, all told the various recalls impacting less than 50,000 vehicles.  But they come quick on the heels of some decidedly more serious problems, including the December recall of 273,000 Honda and Acura products due to potentially defective airbag inflators.

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That’s an ongoing issue that has now ensnared millions of Honda vehicles and in 2011 helped drive Honda’s tally so high that it recalled more vehicles than any other manufacturer operating in the U.S. market.

In all, the industry recalled 15.5 million vehicles, a sharp decline from 2010 when the number nipped the 20 million mark.  Toyota, which led the recall list in 2009 and 2010 slipped behind Honda  which, in 2011, announced 15 separate service campaigns involving 3.8 million vehicles.

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Honda Facing Another Airbag Recall

Latest safety action involves new Accord Crosstour.

by on Sep.14, 2010

Honda recalls one of its newest models, the 2010 Accord Crosstour, due to airbag problems.

Honda is recalling its new 2010 Accord Crosstour model to address potential safety problems with front passenger airbags.

The news is the latest in a series of safety-related actions involving the Japanese company.  Earlier this year, the maker announced it would have to make airbag repairs on more than a million other vehicles, including some of its most popular, such as the Accord sedan and Odyssey minivan, as well as models sold under the luxury Acura brand name.

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Then, last month, Honda announced the recall of 428,000 more products, the latest in an ongoing series of service actions dealing with defective ignition switches that can permit a motorist to inadvertently shut a vehicle off and remove the key without shifting to park.

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Honda Announces Another Recall

Minivans among 410,000 vehicles with defective brakes.

by on Mar.17, 2010

A stability control part can cause brakes on some Honda Odyssey and Element models to fail.

Adding to a growing number of “safety campaigns, in recent weeks, Honda now plans to recall 410,000 minivans and other vehicles to deal with a balky braking system.

The move affects 344,000 of the maker’s Odyssey minivans and another 68,000 Element crossovers produced during the 2007 and 2008 model-years.

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The brakes have a tendency to become softer, over time, and could eventually lose braking power entirely, said spokesman Chris Martin, confirming the brake system “is definitely not operating the way it should.”

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Honda Expands U.S. Airbag Recall by Nearly 400,000 Vehicles

At least one death linked to defect.

by on Feb.09, 2010

Honda continues to expand a recall for airbag problems with models like the 2002 Accord.

Honda is nearly doubling the number of vehicles it will recall due to defective airbags, a problem that it acknowledges being linked to at least one death and 12 incidents.

The problem, according to the maker’s top American executive, John Mendel, is that the safety devices can deploy with more force than intended when triggered by an accident.

“The air bag produces excessive internal pressure, and there’s a risk some of metal shards coming through. That could cause injury,” said Mendel.

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The problem was first dealt with by a November 2008 recall of 4,600 Honda Accords and Civics, but in July of last year the automaker added another 440,000 vehicles, expanding the list of Accords and Civics subject to the recall and adding certain versions of the Acura TL.

Owners with vehicle safety complaints should report them to the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.  Have your VIN number in front of you when you call.

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