As a Honda owner, the news headline jolted me immediately. How can that be possible? Honda has been voted the most reliable car – repeatedly – for decades!
But it’s true, some 304,035 Honda vehicles are being recalled globally due to airbag malfunction issues. The models in question are their Odyssey, Pilot, CR-V, Accord, Civic, and other models that were manufactured between 2001 and 2002.
Earlier this year, Honda had recalled nearly 700,000 vehicles throughout Asia and North America, citing of all things – stalling engines!
But back to the airbag problems, Honda has issued a statement that there have been 20 accidents so far related to the air bags malfunctioning, including two deaths in the United States, both occurring in 2009.
If you’re concerned about your Honda, the specific list of models affected includes the 2001 and 2002 Accord, 2001 to 2003 Civic, 2001 to 3003 Odyssey, 2002 and 2003 CR-V, 2003 Pilot, 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL.
While these figures may seem on the high side for Honda’s recalls, rival carmaker Toyota has recalled some 12 million vehicles over the past two years, according to the reports.