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Recall: 404,700 Honda Odyssey, Acura MDX models for airbag defects

Airbags can deploy unexpectedly on the 2003-2004 Odyssey and 2003 MDX.

By Exhaust Notes Sep 19, 2013 4:39AM
Honda is recalling 404,700 minivans and SUVs to fix airbags that can deploy inadvertently, the automaker said early Thursday.

The 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey and 2003 Acura MDX have front airbags that can deploy without warning due to electrical spikes that can damage the airbag control modules. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation in June after receiving six reports of Odyssey airbags deploying without a crash, three of which caused injuries. The agency said it received an additional 41 complaints of airbag warning lights illuminating on similar models.

Of the total, 318,000 Odyssey and 56,000 MDX models will be recalled in the U.S., with the remainder in Canada, Japan and Australia.

Honda's airbag supplier, TRW, supplied the same faulty airbags to Chrysler which led that automaker to recall 919,545 Jeep SUVs in November from similar model years. At that time, TRW said in a filing to NHTSA that certain Honda models could also be affected by the airbag problems, but Honda did not issue a recall.

Odyssey and MDX models from these model years have seen a rash of serious problems. In April, as part of another supplier problem affecting five other automakers, Honda recalled 561,000 cars, including the 2002 Odyssey, for airbag inflators that could rupture and cause further injuries from flying metal shards during a crash. Honda previously had recalled 1.7 million cars, including the 2002-2003 Odyssey, for the same problem in December 2011.

Honda recalled 870,000 models in December 2012, including the 2003-2004 Odyssey and 2003-2006 MDX, for faulty ignition interlocks that could let them roll away unexpectedly. The 2001-2002 MDX and 2002-2004 Odyssey were also recalled in 2004 for faulty transmissions that could lock up, and the 2003 Odyssey was recalled in 2003 for leaking fuel tanks.

Honda dealers will likely install a new jumper harness to fix the electrical problems, as Chrysler did, although the company did not specify the exact remedy. The recall will begin in mid-October. Owners can visit www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or call Honda at 1-800-999-1009 and Acura at 1-800-382-2238.

[Source: Honda]
93Comments
Sep 19, 2013 5:00AM
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Well, well, well. Another week, another recall ....
Sep 19, 2013 10:03AM
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It's one thing to have a recall on a newly designed vehicle's first model year.  But, to have one on a ten year old car?  Imagine owning a car that long then finding out a defect could've injured or killed you and/or your family member(s).
Sep 19, 2013 10:12AM
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Foreign cars are so overrated now.  They were once the pinnacle of dependability, reliability, and quality.  Now they're nothing more than tin cans (thin doors, thin glass, thin seats, cheap carpeting, lighter suspensions, cheap plastics disguised as chrome, cheap plastic bumpers) that can't stand up to too much abuse.  What's happened to them is exactly what happened to American cars from the '80s.  Now things are reversing.  Stop paying for the foreign names and buy American.
Sep 19, 2013 10:31AM
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Yes overtime wires and electronic circuits get deteriorated by the elements, and can potentially caused problems. That is true no matter who manufactures the product, so calm down people. At least they're stepping up to take care of the problem. That said, I will only buy domestic if I'm ever in the market for a truck. (Ford F-150).
Sep 19, 2013 10:09AM
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This is what happens when you make a lot of one thing!

That has always been defective! don't believe the hype In Consumer Reports

They said these where suppose to be a great car too right?????

Shut The **** Up Consumer Reports your a bunch of Lying Bastards!

Stop Sleeping with the foreign car makers Consumer Reports! Be real!

We All See what a bunch of Liars you Are! People stop believing the ****

Anything man makes It breaks..... All Cars and Manufacture's have Recalls at some point!

Cars are better today, then what they where. safety and fuel mileage...

but there's a lot more plumbing sensors, and wiring in these things now...

I was a ASE certified Tech for everything with 2- 6 wheels on It!

Cars are cool... but they also suck... try working on one of these things today.... 1!

Sep 19, 2013 9:31AM
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You know, way back in the 70's I always thought...."Exploding Steering Wheels....what a great idea!"
Sep 19, 2013 10:39AM
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LMAO, last week the honda owners were giving flack about toyota and American made autos. Same shoe, other foot. Is this not fun? Man made and will have faults. I can't help but wonder what you might see in the shop of a Honda dealer, I'll bet it's a Honda. Yep, just like all the rest. LMMFAO!
Sep 19, 2013 10:16AM
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More law suits for Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe.
Sep 19, 2013 9:24AM
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all these people who are supporting Japan and putting down Our country  should feel like fools,Japanese cras aren't that great.
Sep 19, 2013 10:04AM
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What the heck is wrong with these car companies? They just can't seem to get it right.
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