Honda has announced today that they will be recalling their popular Odyssey minivan once again, this time for a glitch in the airbag system. In all, nearly 342,000 built for the 2003-2004 model years will be affected. In addition to the Odyssey being recalled, Honda is also recalling their luxury division’s best-selling Acura MDX crossover, which is built on the same platform as the Odyssey. Approximately 63,400 from the 2003 model year will be affected as well, and most of these vehicles were purchased and registered in the United States, as well as Canada.
This particular issue concerns the aforementioned airbag system. More specifically, if the computer chip in the airbag control unit (ACU) receives any type of “electronic noise” or interference from any of the other electronic components residing under the hood, then the unit could malfunction. Honda went on to state that both the driver and passenger airbags could inadvertently deploy at any given time, increasing the risk of both an accident, and/or injury to both the driver and front passenger.
Although no accidents have been reported as a result of this defect, there have been several reports of minor injuries occurring, such as hand and finger abrasions These types of injuries can be common in the event of an frontal or side collision, to where the airbags would normally deploy.
The latest Honda recall will have authorized service technicians installing an electronic signal filter, which should eliminate the issue. Although the repair is estimated to only take an hour, the repair will be done at no cost to the registered owner. For more information, or to schedule a service appointment, owners can contact their local Honda dealer.