Honda recalls 750,000 cars for airbag issue unrelated to Takata

Honda and its luxury brand Acura are recalling more than 750,000 newer cars for a front passenger airbag that can deploy even when it’s not supposed to, the NHTSA disclosed Tuesday. 

The front and knee airbags in the front passenger seat can deploy even in cases where the front-seat occupant is too small to deploy an airbag safely. An infant in a child seat, a child, or an adult female at 5th percentile in height, or less than 4-foot-11 and under 108 pounds, should cause the front passenger seat sensors to deactivate those passenger airbags. Deployment of the airbag on such passengers could increase the risk of injury. 

The recall encompasses most models in the brands’ lineups from the 2020-2022 model years, including the following: 

Honda recalls

2020-2022 Honda Pilot

2020-2022 Honda Accord

2020-2022 Honda Civic sedan

2020-2022 Honda HR-V

2020-2022 Honda Odyssey

2020 Honda Civic coupe

2020 Honda Fit

2021-2022 Honda Civic hatchback

2021 Honda Civic Type R

2021 Honda Insight

2020-2021 Honda CR-V and CR-V Hybrid

2020-2021 Honda Passport

2020-2021 Honda Ridgeline

2020-2021 Honda Accord Hybrid

Acura recalls

2020 Acura MDX

2022 Acura MDX

2020-2022 Acura RDX

2020-2021 Acura TLX

The driver and occupants may notice the SRS warning light illuminated in the cluster, yet the passenger airbag indicator may remain off. The sensor from the supplier could crack and short circuit. Honda identified 3,834 warranty claims due to the recall, but knew of no injuries or deaths. 

Owners will be notified by mail as early as March 18 to take their car into a Honda/Acura service center to have the seat circuit board replaced. It will only cost owners their time, and reimbursement will be provided for owners who have fixed the problem out of their own pocket. For more info, contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138 or visit Honda’s recall site

The recall has nothing to do with the fatal Takata airbag recall that accounted for 67 million airbags in cars made by nearly every major automaker from the 2001-2019 model years, adding up to the largest recall in automotive history. The NHTSA estimates that tens of millions of vehicles with airbags made by the now bankrupt supplier still haven’t been fixed. 

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