Luckily, the issue affects a small number of vehicles.
Just a few weeks ago, Honda issued a recall for 230,000 Insight and Accord models due to software glitches that caused the reverse camera display to malfunction. Now, the automaker has issued not one but two safety recalls affecting a multitude of models in the US including the 2019 Odyssey minivan, Ridgeline pickup, Insight hybrid, Civic hatchback, and CR-V SUV.
The first problem concerns a circuit board on the supplemental restraint system control unit in certain models that may have been damaged during production.
As a result, the side, side curtain and knee airbags, and seatbelt pre-tensioners may fail to deploy properly in a crash, thus increasing the risk of injury. Obviously, this is a serious safety concern, but luckily only 118 vehicles are affected including the 2019 Honda Insight, Odyssey and Ridgeline.
Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail in late November arranging a visit with their local dealer to have the SRS unit replaced free of charge.
In a separate recall, 54 model-year 2017-18 Civic hatchbacks and CR-V SUVs have been affected by incorrectly manufactured torque sensors in the gearboxes that could provide incorrect steering-torque information if the steering wheel is turned all the way in one direction. Consequently, this could cause the electronic power steering to steer more vigorously than intended, increasing the risk of a crash. Honda will notify owners in early November and dealers will replace the electronic power steering gearbox for free. Luckily, the automaker is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to either issue.