Airbag Issues Prompt 400,000-Vehicle Recall at Honda

Honda Motor Co.  (NYSE: HMC  ) issued [link opens in PDF] a nationwide recall of approximately 374,000 Honda and Acura vehicles on Thursday, citing a potential problem with their airbag control units, otherwise known as the "supplemental restraint system."

 This week's recall concerns:

  • 318,000 Honda Odyssey minivans from model years 2003-2004
  • 56,000 Acura MDX SUVs from model year 2003.

Honda is also recalling 23,300 Odyssey minivans in Canada. In addition to the U.S. vehicles, the Acura MDX recall covers 1,000 vehicles in Japan, 4,800 in Canada, and nearly 1,600 in Australia.

Honda said it has received a "small but increasing" numbers of complaints in recent months regarding "inadvertent airbag deployments." These concern vehicles equipped with SRS control units containing computer chips similar to those used in airbag system control units installed in other manufacturers' vehicles that were recalled in the last year. Multiple manufacturers have issued similar recalls in 2013 -- notably a 3.4 million-car recall by Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, and Honda itself in April.

The malfunction has so far appeared in only a small number of vehicles, and has not caused any crashes, Honda said. It appears to be due to "electrical interference," and to be fixable by installing an electrical noise filter adjacent to the SRS control unit.

Honda said it will perform these installations free of charge at its dealers, and will begin mailing notifications to vehicle owners late next month to provide further details. Owners of affected vehicles who do not want to wait can contact Honda directly for further information at (800) 999-1009, or online at and

-- Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.


Read/Post Comments (0) | Recommend This Article (2)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Compare Brokers

Fool Disclosure

Sponsored Links

Leaked: Apple's Next Smart Device
(Warning, it may shock you)
The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

DocumentId: 2645831, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 10/1/2016 4:48:48 AM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...

Today's Market

updated 7 hours ago Sponsored by:
DOW 18,308.15 164.70 0.91%
S&P 500 2,168.27 17.14 0.80%
NASD 5,312.00 42.85 0.81%

Create My Watchlist

Go to My Watchlist

You don't seem to be following any stocks yet!

Better investing starts with a watchlist. Now you can create a personalized watchlist and get immediate access to the personalized information you need to make successful investing decisions.

Data delayed up to 5 minutes

Related Tickers

9/30/2016 4:02 PM
HMC $28.92 Up +0.09 +0.31%
Honda Motor CAPS Rating: ****