The Japanese automaker Honda issued a recall for its 2019 Honda CR-V model after the company received several reports that airbags spontaneously inflated. According to Fox Business News, three people in the United States sustained injuries when the airbags in the vehicles in which they were riding inflated without warning. Honda’s recall involves over 137,000 CR-V’s. The company announced the recall on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
Honda received at least six complaints of spontaneous airbag inflation in the 2019 CR-Vs. While three of those incidents left the motorists injured, none of the events resulted in crashes. Fox Business News did not discuss the severity of the injuries inflicted by the defective airbags.
Honda determines the cause of the unexpected airbag inflation. The auto manufacturer discovered that metal burrs located within the steering wheel housing might overheat and cause the vehicles’ airbags to inflate while in lotion even though the car was not in an accident. Additionally, Honda will remove and replace the wire harnesses used in the steering column and repair or replace the vehicles’ secondary restraint systems reels and cables. Honda believes that these repairs will correct the problem. As with all recall repairs, the vehicle owner or lessee has no burden to pay for parts, service, or labor
Airbags in many vehicle brands have proved to be problematic. The Takata airbag recall campaign is the most extensive vehicle recall campaign. Honda’s current recall campaign is not a component of the Takata airbag recall program. However, this recall involves 118,000 Honda CR-Vs in the United States and Canada. Another 18,000 Honda CR-Vs sold in South Korea are also a component of the recall Honda announced on Wednesday. With the Takata airbag recall campaign and this most recent recall program, nearly 13 million manufactured by Honda and Acura have been recalled in the United States.
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