Honda Motor Co. is recalling nearly 304,000 Accord and HR-V vehicles worldwide due to a defect in the driver’s side frontal air bag inflator. According to the Honda Japan website, the recall includes 297,958 Accords built between July 2011 and January 2012, and 6,464 HR-Vs built between 2017 and 2018.
According to the Honda Japan website, the recall includes 297,958 Accords built between July 2011 and January 2012, and 6,464 HR-Vs built between 2017 and 2018. The recalled vehicles have an air bag inflator that could potentially rupture due to the presence of certain seat belt pretentioners, causing metal fragments to fly out of the inflator in the event of an accident. These metal fragments can reportedly cause injury or death.
The Japanese automaker has urged owners of affected vehicles to take their cars to a Honda dealer as soon as possible in order to have the problem addressed. Honda has also stated that dealers will inspect and replace the defective components, free of charge, and provide a loaner car until the job is complete.
Honda’s recall is part of a wider trend across the industry, as automakers grapple with the issue of faulty air bags. Another Japanese automaker, Nissan, has recently recalled over 1 million cars due to a similar defect. Honda’s recall is just the latest reminder of how important it is to be vigilant about safety recalls, and to check regularly to ensure your car is up to date.