By: Irvin Jackson | Published: January 22nd, 2013
Nearly three-quarters of a million Honda Pilot SUVs and Honda Odyssey minivans are being recalled, due to potential airbag problems that could result in a failure to deploy in an accident.
The Honda airbag recall was announced on January 18, after the automaker reported that the driver’s side airbags on some Pilot and Odyssey vehicles may have been assembled without all of the rivets necessary to secure the cover.
The missing rivets could cause the airbags to fail to deploy in an auto accident, increasing the risk of injury. However, there have been no confirmed incidents or injuries reported, according to the Honda.
The recall affects an estimated 748,000 vehicles, including model year 2009-2013 Pilot SUVs and 2011-2013 Odyssey minivans.
A little more than a month ago, in early December, Honda announced a recall that affected another 304,000 vehicles, including some 2001-2003 Odyssey minivans due to airbag problems as well. In that recall, the airbags reportedly could deploy with too much force. The company warned that those airbags could blast plastic and metal pieces at vehicle accidents in an accident and could cause serious injury and death. The company issued a similar recall for many of the same vehicle types in 2009, after at least one person was killed and several were injured.
Honda is encouraging owners of all affected vehicles to take them to an authorized dealer who will inspect the airbags and replace them if necessary.
The company will start notifying customers by mail beginning in mid-February. Owners with questions can visit the company’s website at www.recalls.honda.com or can call (800) 999-1009 and select option 4.