Saturday, September 21, 2013

Airbag units that have deployed inadvertently have prompted a massive recall of over 400,000 Honda motor vehicles, according to NBC News.

The recall will affect roughly 318,000 Honda Odyssey mini-vans manufactured between 2003 and 2004 as well as approximately 56,000 Acura MDX SUVs manufactured in 2003.

The reason for the recall was to "address potential malfunctions of the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) airbag system in these vehicles due to electrical interference. To prevent malfunction, an electrical noise filter will be installed adjacent to the SRS control unit, free of charge," according to a press release from Honda.

Cars from four countries will need to be recalled; the United States, Australia, Japan and Canada, according to Reuters.

"Honda has received a small but increasing number of complaints in recent months of inadvertent airbag deployment in these vehicles, which are equipped with SRS control units that contain computer chips similar to those used in airbag system control units installed in other manufacturers' vehicles that were recalled in the last year," Honda said in a press release. "No crashes have been reported to Honda related to this issue."

Honda has had to issue recalls in the past for similar issues related to airbags. This particular issue, faulty computer chips triggering the airbags when there is no collision, is fairly common and other auto manufacturers have had to issue recalls for the same reason, according to NBC News.

Earlier in the year Honda had to recall over 750,000 vehicles, including some Odyssey minivans, for an issue over missing rivets that could lead to the driver's side airbags deploying incorrectly in an accident. In 2012 Honda recalled the second most vehicles in the industry; the fifth year in row that they found themselves first or second on that list, according to NBC News.

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