Honda is under investigation from the U.S. safety regulators, who are trying to determine whether or not the Japanese automaker will need to recall some of their Odyssey minivans. If the recall is issued, it would affect 320,000 vehicles produced for the 2003 and 2004 model years.
The issue that the minivans are being investigated for is that the driver and front passenger airbags may not deploy in the event of an accident. Airbags deploy in a collision, once the sensors located in the front bumper (as well as various other places) detect that the vehicle has collided with another object. Air bags have also been known to deploy if the vehicle’s tires have come in contact with a curb as well.
The minivans have air bag control units that are also used in vehicles from Chrysler and Toyota, which were a part of recalls from last year. That number totalled over 1.8 million vehicles. The units were produced by OEM parts supplier TRW Automotive.
The agency is currently determining whether the issue is consistent enough to warrant recommending a recall. If so, then the dealership technicians will install an electronic filter to remedy the situation, or replace the unit altogether.
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Source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek