Government safety regulators are launching an investigation into 320,000 Honda Odyssey minivans after complaints that the airbags have been deploying without a crash.
The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received six consumer complaints regarding 2003 and 2004 Odysseys, stating that the airbags deployed while the vehicle was moving for no apparent reason. A further 41 consumers have complained about the air bag warning light coming on.
The airbag control module supplier also sold its hardware to Chrysler and Toyota, both of which issued recalls for the same airbag issues. Honda has already been in talks with NHTSA, but so far the Japanese brand says that the issue is not wide spread in its vehicles.
“Since no accident or property damage caused by air bag deployment of the driver frontal air bag has been reported, and the occurrence rate is extremely low, Honda will continue to handle these claims on a case-by-case basis, per usual practice,” Honda wrote in a letter to NHTSA in December.
NHTSA will continue to monitor affected Honda vehicles, and from there decide whether or not to upgrade this to an engineering analysis.
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