Seriously, this is a thing that's happening.
We've all been there. You're sitting in the passenger seat of a car and you don't understand how the airbag functions. So, you dive into the glovebox, pull out the owner's manual and find the relevant section to review. Then, now understanding how the Passenger Airbag Off Indicator functions, you sit back and relax safe in the knowledge that the light you can't see isn't there.
At least, that's how the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sees it, and because Honda made a small mistake in the owner's manual for the Honda CR-V made after September 18, 2019, a recall is now in progress.
Torque News caught this comical example of government regulation addressing a problem that doesn't really need to be fixed. According to the NHTSA the "manual incorrectly describes when the 'Passenger Airbag Off' indicator should illuminate," and: "If the front passenger does not correctly understand how the airbag functions, they may be at an increased risk of personal injury in the event of a crash."
The required fix verges on the comical as Honda CR-V owners are being contacted to visit their dealer, who will "provide a sticker with the correct information to be added to the owner's guide, free of charge."
The "fix" means 336,468 affected vehicle owners are either expected to drive to a dealer to pick up one of 336,468 stickers Honda has to print or open an envelope, read a notification, peel off a sticker, and go find their owners manual and the relevant section for a bit of DIY recall fixing.
We scratched our heads at the BMW recall that "fixes" the rear-view camera system by altering the settings to ensure the driver can't set the display so bright they can't see the image from the camera on the screen. Like this recall Honda has to address, BMW's settings also fall foul of taking the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard to the Nth degree.