Honda Expands Takata Airbag Recall by More Than 1.4 Million Vehicles

Honda is adding 1.4 million cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks to its list of vehicles that should have their Takata airbags replaced. The list includes vehicles made by Acura, Honda’s luxury brand, according to the automaker.

The Takata recall covers 50 million airbag inflators in 37 million cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks from 19 manufacturers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The devices use ammonium nitrate to inflate the airbag in the event of a crash. The ammonium nitrate can become unstable over time, leading to inflators that explode with an unexpectedly violent force…Read more on ConsumerReports.org

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Honda Recalls Nearly 1000 Vehicles for Fuel Leak and Fire Risks

 

Lilburn, Georgia – September 28, 2018 – Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Acura NSX vehicles due to a faulty coupler that increases the chance of fuel leaks and engine fire.

The recall population was determined based on manufacturing records. A total 949 units are potentially affected, within a sequential VIN range of 19UNC1B00HY000000 to 19UNC1B00HY000952. The VIN range reflects all possible vehicles that could potentially experience the problem.

All vehicles built from the start-up of production through March 5, 2018 are affected. Vehicles built after March 5, 2018 are equipped with fuel tanks produced by the supplier after the supplier adjusted its manufacturing process to improve production quality.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Safety Recall Report, due to an improper manufacturing process, the couplers for the crossover inlet pipe that connects the left and right fuel tanks were insufficiently welded. Over time, vibration and heat cycling can cause the couplers to separate from the fuel tank, resulting in fuel leakage. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.
According to an Acura Service Bulletin, drivers or passengers may notice a strong fuel smell if a leak occurs. If this happens, drivers are urged to stop driving their vehicle immediately and contact their nearest Acura dealer for roadside assistance.

Timeline of Events

In December 2017 Honda received a claim of a fuel leak. The failed fuel tank was returned to the supplier. An investigation was launched to determine the root cause of the failure. Over the months of February and March 2018, Honda received three additional claims of a fuel leak, and in April 2018 the fuel tank supplier informed Honda that the weld specifications for melt depth and pressed-in amount could not be appropriately controlled and could be the source of the issue.

Further investigation was conducted to determine what was causing the variation in weld specification and how it was affecting the fuel tanks. In May 2018 the investigation confirmed that the heater which was being used to weld the coupler was set at a slight angle. This resulted in insufficient welding and thin welds to certain sections of the fuel tank.

In August 2018, the fuel tank supplier further informed Honda that the jigs used during fuel tank welding were found to be incapable of properly securing the fuel tanks during the welding process, adding more inconsistency and instability to the welds and resulting in additional welding variations. Honda continued their own investigation of the potential consequences of inappropriately welded fuel tanks and sought to determine the precise range of potentially affected vehicles.

In late August 2018, Honda officially determined that a defect related to motor vehicle safety exists and decided to conduct a safety recall. Honda notified NHTSA of this decision and supplied the information needed. As of late August 2018, Honda has only received three warranty claims. There have been no field reports or reports of fires or injuries related to this issue.

The Solution

According to the manufacturers statement, Acura is announcing these recalls to encourage owners of affected vehicles to take them to an authorized dealer for repair as soon as they receive notification from Acura. Due to the relatively small number of affected vehicles, where possible, Acura will attempt to contact owners by phone to schedule repairs. NSX owners can also determine if their vehicle requires repair by visiting www.recalls.acura.com or by calling Acura NSX Client Specialists at (844) 682-2872. Mailed notification to owners of any remaining unrepaired vehicles will occur in early-Nov. 2018.

Honda will notify dealers, and dealers will replace the left and right fuel tanks, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 6, 2018. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s numbers for this recall are U29, and Z28.The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 18V-600. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).

Sean ReyesHonda Recalls Nearly 1000 Vehicles for Fuel Leak and Fire Risks

Honda Recalls Over 1,350,000 Vehicles Due to Air Bag Defect

 

Lilburn, Georgia – September 26, 2018 – Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling over 1,350,000 vehicles due to the passenger frontal air bag inflator being at risk for exploding. The massive recall is part of a previously planned phased recall.

Later phases have been moved up due to the risk being determined to be more severe than previously thought with a higher risk, and more supply of the faulty part being available than had at first been thought. This recall includes three ranges of vehicles.

The first range of vehicles being includes certain 2014 Honda Insight and Acura TSX and TSX Wagon, 2014-2015 Honda Crosstour and Pilot vehicles nationwide, as well as certain 2014 Honda FCX Clarity and Fit EV vehicles in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, California, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The second range of vehicles being recalled includes certain 2011-2013 Acura TSX, TSX Wagon and ZDX, Honda Crosstour, Insight, Fit and Pilot vehicles, 2011-2012 Honda Accord and 2011 Honda Civic NGV, Civic, Civic Hybrid and CR-V vehicles in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

The third range of vehicles being recalled includes certain 2010-2013 Acura TSX and ZDX, Honda Crosstour, Fit, Insight and Pilot, 2011-2013 TSX Wagon, 2010-2012 Honda Accord and 2010-2011 Honda Civic NGV, Civic, Civic Hybrid and CR-V vehicles in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Safety Recall Report, all of these vehicles are equipped with certain air bag air bag inflators assembled as part of the frontal air bag modules. These modules are utilized as original equipment or replacement equipment (such as after a vehicle crash with airbag inflation, which necessitates replacement of the original air bags).

The specific defective modules may explode due to propellant degradation, which can occur after long-term exposure to higher absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling. In the case of an inflator rupture, the force of inflation may cause metal fragments to pass through the air bag and into the vehicle interior at high speed.

Contact with such high speed, flying pieces of metal, should the inflation occur and metal pieces be fragmented, may result in serious injury or death to vehicle driver and/or occupants.

Timeline of Events

In consideration of a sufficient supply of final remedy inflators, Honda consulted with the NHTSA about advancing the recall launch of Priority Group 10 vehicles, identified in an earlier investigation and recall of which this recall is a part. Honda determined that a defect related to motor vehicle safety exists and decided to conduct a safety recall ahead of the fourth phase of the Takata DIRs scheduled for late 2018.

The Solution

The registered owners of all affected vehicles will be contacted by mail by Honda. Honda will request all owners asked to take their vehicles to a Honda or Acura automobile dealer. The dealer will replace the passenger frontal airbag inflator with a new inflator, at no cost to the vehicle owner. The recall is expected to begin November 13, 2018.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s numbers for this recall are M2J and S2K. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153). The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 18V-661.

Sean ReyesHonda Recalls Over 1,350,000 Vehicles Due to Air Bag Defect

Honda Recalls 793 Acura NSX Vehicles for Brake Light Malfunction

 

Lilburn, Georgia – September 22, 2018: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2017 Acura NSX vehicles due to a faulty mounting of the circuit board for the high mounted center brake light. The recall population was determined based on manufacturing records, and only 793 vehicles are potentially affected. All vehicles built from the start-up of production through July 31, 2017 are affected. The supplier provided updated HMSLs for vehicles built after July 31, 2017 to improve production quality, so no vehicles built after that date were affected.

The Defect

According to an Acura service bulletin, there is an internal issue with the circuit board in the high mount brake light (also referred to as the center high mount brake light). Normal road vibrations can cause the metal screws securing the printed circuit board for the high mounted center brake light to loosen and contact the circuitry. If this happens during illumination (when the brake pedal is depressed), the circuit board may short, causing the corresponding fuse to blow.

In such a situation, all the brake lights will stop working, which increases the risk of a collision. In the dash, several malfunction indicator lamps will turn on to indicate the brake light failure. Once the fuse is blown, the vehicle will be prevented from being restarted once it has been turned off. The 793 vehicles affected by this recall fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard regarding Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.

Timeline of Events

According to the NHTSA Safety Recall Notice, in June 2017 Honda received the first claim of a no-start condition, and subsequently began an investigation with the HMSL’s supplier to determine the root cause. The supplier’s initial analysis suspected the failure to be short circuit related and identified a potential issue with contact between the metal screw and the PCB circuitry. They supplied an updated part for future builds.

In January 2018 Bully tests were performed on the PCB to determine the extent of coating wear from the metal screws. By September 2018 Honda completed the investigation. It was determined that FMVSS non-compliance existed, and Honda chose to conduct a safety recall. As of September 4, 2018 Honda has received only 19 warranty claims. There have been no field reports or reports of injuries related to this issue.

The Solution

According to a public statement from Acura, due to the relatively small number of affected vehicles, where possible, Acura will attempt to directly contact registered owners of affected vehicles by phone to schedule repairs, and in November any unreached registered owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by mail and asked to take their vehicle to an NSX Authorized Acura dealer. The dealer will replace the center high mount brake light at no charge to owners.

The recall is expected to begin November 6, 2018. Owners of 2017 NSX vehicles can determine if their vehicles require repair by contacting Acura Client Relations at 1-844-682-2872. Honda’s number for this recall is B2B. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.safercar.gov to enter their VIN number for this recall.

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Due for Two: Acura Recalls NSX in Separate Recalls

Due for Two: Acura Recalls NSX in Separate Recalls

Sean ReyesDue for Two: Acura Recalls NSX in Separate Recalls

500 Honda Cars, Minivans, SUVs and Pickup Trucks: Recall Alert

500 Honda Cars, Minivans, SUVs and Pickup Trucks: Recall Alert – May 16, 2018

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Honda recalls vehicles with defective seat features

Torrance, Calif. – April 19, 2018 – American Honda Motor Company has recalled more than 5,800 vehicles potentially equipped with defective seat features, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects multiple models across two brands, including:
  • 2018 Acura MDX sport utility vehicles produced Jan. 10, 2018.
  • 2018 Honda Pilot sport utility vehicles produced between Jan. 2, 2018, and Jan. 20, 2018.
  • 2018 Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks produced between Jan. 12, 2018, and Jan. 19, 2018.
The Japanese automaker is unsure exactly how many of the vehicles referenced in the action actually contain the defective parts.
The Defect
Affected vehicles vehicles driver and front passenger with improperly machined rivets connecting the seat slide rails to the seat feet. These fixtures could brake in the event of an accident, allowing the front driver and passenger seats to separate from the vehicle floor. The defective rivets not only pose a serious safety hazard to occupants but also violate Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 207 and 210. The former requires vehicle manufacturers to install secure seating systems, while the latter mandates the use of fixed restraint assemblies.
Honda has not received reports connecting the defective rivet to any injuries. However, the connectors were involved in one accident.
Timeline of Events
A tier-one vendor contacted the car company Jan. 11, 2018, after learning of an accident during which the rivets holding the front seat side rails in place in a Honda vehicle failed. The automaker launched an internal investigation in response. Engineering personnel concluded this inquiry Feb. 6, 2018, finding that AKKO Fastener, the supplier responsible for producing the rivets used within Honda front seat assemblies, had improperly machined the connective fixtures. Specifically, AKKO had deployed out-of-specification production tools, used too much material and relied upon deficient quality controls. Honda then embarked on an administrative review to understand the breadth of the impact of the production error.
On Feb. 21, 2018, AKKO completed an internal investigation into the mismachined rivets, while Honda and its other suppliers launched new downstream inquires.
The automaker reviewed the matter in its entirety March 29, 2018, and determined that a voluntary safety recall was required. Honda notified dealers of the forthcoming action April 6, 2018.
The Solution
Honda has directed dealers to replace the driver seat frame assemblies in affected Acura MDX SUVs and swap out both the driver and passenger seat assemblies in recalled Honda Pilot SUVs and Ridgeline pickup trucks, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. Dealership technicians are to make these repairs free of charge.
The automotive company intends to notify owners via first-class mail May 18, 2018. Those in need of more immediate assistance can reach out to Honda customer service personnel by calling (888) 234-2138. Callers should use the internal recall identification codes D0S and T0T. Owners can also connect with the NHTSA directly using the agency’s toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.
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2018 Acura MDX and Honda Pilot, Ridgeline: Recall Alert

Cars.com – April 16, 2018

2018 Acura MDX and Honda Pilot, Ridgeline: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 5,800 model-year 2018 Acura MDX SUVs and Honda Pilot SUVs and Ridgeline pickup trucks

The Problem: The power driver seats in the Acuras, and the power driver and front passenger seats in the Hondas, may have been assembled with improperly manufactured rivets; in the event of a crash the rivets can break, causing the seats not to be secured to the floor and increasing the risk of injury…

Read the entire article on the Cars.com website

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2017 Honda CR-V, Acura RDX: Recall Alert

Cars.com – May 15, 2017


2017 Honda CR-V, Acura RDX: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1,400 model-year 2017 Honda CR-V and Acura RDX SUVs

The Problem: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration certification labels were printed with ink that may be inadvertently wiped away with an alcohol solvent. If this happens, occupants may not be able to refer to the information, possibly resulting in the vehicle being overloaded and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the certification label for free.

What Owners Should Do: Honda, which also manufactures Acura vehicles, told Cars.com it will begin notifying owners in early June. Owners can call Honda at 888-234-2138, NHTSA’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov to check their vehicle identification number and learn more…

Read the entire article on the Cars.com website

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NHTSA Identifies Higher-Risk Vehicles for Takata Inflators

Washington, D.C. — August 22, 2016 — As the Takata air bag recalls have developed, more information about risk factors has emerged. Previous announcements have emphasized the environmental factors that could affect these inflators and lead to a higher chance for rupture.

In a June 30 press release, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration listed seven specific model-year ranges of Honda and Acura vehicles with Takata inflators that are more likely to rupture during a crash.

While these vehicles were already part of previous recalls, the statement said that 313,000 affected autos have not been repaired yet. High absolute humidity levels continue to be a significant risk factor, making the recall effort especially important in states like Florida and Texas.

The higher risk level could mean that inflators in the following vehicles have as much as a 50 percent chance of rupture, the source said. The affected Honda vehicles are the Civic and Accord from model years 2001 and 2002, the 2002 Cr-V and Odyssey models, and the 2003 Pilot. The other two ranges of vehicles are the 2002-2003 Acura TL and the 2003 Acura CL.

Dr. Mark Rosekind, administrator for the NHTSA, said, “The air bag inflators in this particular group of vehicles pose a grave danger to drivers and passengers that must be fixed right away.”

Honda will reportedly work harder to address these vehicles specifically, while the NHTSA continues its owner-awareness campaign.

Other totals from the NHTSA shows the repair rate as of June 17. According to this data, the Honda recalls have led to 48.3 percent of air bags repaired so far, the majority of which are passenger-side air bags. Of the 12 makes listed, Honda has the highest overall completion rate so far.

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