Honda is recalling more than 300,000 vehicles in a new air bag recall that isn’t related to the Takata investigation. According to the New York Times, the recall follows a federal investigation into 303,904 2008-2009 Honda Accords.
The problem is that a sensor isn’t configured correctly and some side airbags could deploy without a vehicle being in a crash. Honda reports 19 minor injuries related to the issue. The automaker says the fix will be to update the side Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) software.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the problem last year after receiving complaints from owners. Several of them told regulators that Honda refused to pay for repairs after their airbags deployed. But Honda says owners are being reimbursed under the extended warranty.
Here are some specifics from Honda’s press release:
- Side and/or side curtain airbags may inadvertently deploy if the ignition is on and a door is forcefully slammed or there is a significant impact to the vehicle underbody.
- Issue arises from side impact deployment threshold specification; Not a hardware or supplier issue.
- Free software update will adjust the deployment threshold.
Honda says owners should take their affected vehicles to authorized dealers as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Notification to customers should start to happen in mid-December 2015. Additionally, owners of these vehicles can now determine if their vehicles will require repair by going to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.