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Honda Airbags May Suddenly Deploy For No Reason

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Here's what's being done about it.

Airbag safety issues have become front and center ever since the Takata airbag recall began in 2013. Honda was one of Takata's biggest customers and some 21 million of its vehicles were affected globally. And now Honda has issued another airbag-related recall, though it has nothing to do with the now bankrupt Takata debacle.

Reuters reports the Japanese automaker is recalling 137,000 2019 CR-V SUV crossovers following reports of three injuries that are likely related to sudden airbag deployments. Honda claims these new CR-Vs need to have their steering wheel wire harnesses and supplemental restraint system cable reels replaced following reports of unexpected airbag deployment in situations where there was no crash.

Fortunately, there have so far been no reports of related crashes. A total of 118,000 CR-Vs are being recalled in the US, and another 19,000 in Korea and Canada. Honda also notes that metal burrs on the interior surface of the steering wheel could result in damage causing a short circuit and overheated components. Unfortunately, the dark shadow of the Takata recall still looms over Honda. How so?

At the same time this latest recall was announced, Honda said it is also recalling another 19,000 vehicles in the US whose Takata inflator replacements were improperly installed before May 2018.

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A total of 12.9 million Hondas were recalled in the US alone for defective Takata airbag inflators. These defective airbag inflators sent metal fragments into drivers and front seat passengers' face and body. In the US alone, these explosions were the cause of 14 Honda owners' deaths.

The affected 2019 Honda CR-Vs, to be clear, are separate from the Takata recalls but it's still a safety issue that must be taken seriously, which is exactly what Honda is doing. Relevant owners will likely be contacted by the automaker soon and the necessary fixes will be done free of charge at Honda dealerships.