Honda Recall of 748,000 Odyssey and Pilot Vehicles for Faulty Airbags

The Honda Recall of nearly 748,000 Odyssey and Pilot vehicles is due possible airbag failure because of missing rivets in airbag covers.

Honda-Recall-Odyssey-Pilot-Personal-Injury-Cochran-OhioThe Honda recall includes 2009 to 2013 Pilot SUVs and 2011 to 2013 Odyssey minivans made at the Talladega County plant in Alabama. According to the Detroit News, some of the vehicles are missing rivets that secure the driver’s side airbag cover, which could cause the airbag to fail to deploy properly and increase the risk of crash-related injuries.

The Honda recall comes on the heels of a year of massive Honda recalls. In December, Honda recalled 807,000 Odyssey minivans, Pilot SUVs, and Acura MDX vehicles over rollaway issues that could occur after the key was removed from the ignition. Reuters reported that at least one person was injured when they tried to stop a 2003 Odyssey from rolling away. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that some of the rollaway vehicles hit trees, fences, mailboxes, and other parked cars.

In 2011, Honda recalled more vehicles for safety related repairs than any other manufacturer. Other Honda recalls last year included:

  • 820,000 Civic compacts and Pilot SUVs for faulty headlight wiring
  • 570,000 Accord vehicles for a power steering hose fire hazard
  • 269,000 CR-V SUVs for a faulty driver’s-side window switch fire hazard

Honda will begin issuing notices of the Honda Recall to Odyssey and Pilot owners about the missing airbag rivet in mid-February, and recommends that owners take their vehicles to their dealer for airbag inspection. Honda will replace the driver’s side airbag if necessary without cost. No injuries have been reported in connection to the recall.

Over the past month, GM issued a recall of 54,686 vehicles for ignition switch and rollaway issues, while Subaru recalled 633,842 vehicles for a potential fire hazard involving the puddle lights.

Honda falls behind only Toyota for the number of vehicle recalls issued last year. In fact, last October, Toyota issued the largest recall in history when it recalled some 7.43 million vehicles for power window fire hazards. At least nine people have been injured due to the defect, the LA Times reported, and NBC News says that the NHTSA received over 200 complaints. In November, Toyota recalled 2.77 million more vehicles for water pump and steering defects.

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