Honda has identified a problem with the airbag inflators used in the 2016 Honda CR-V after the supplier experienced a failure while performing cold tests for a driver frontal airbag module. According to a notice issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the ruptured inflator was pulled from a production lot used in 515 new CR-V crossovers and prompted the campaign.
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The agency warns that “in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver’s frontal airbag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.” An analysis of the exploded module found a centerline crack in the airbag inflator and although the cause has not been determined, it could be from improper stamping or defective material used to build the metal housing.
The issue does not seem directly related to the previous Takata airbag recall that involved propellant-degradation issues in high humidity areas. That recall has affected millions of vehicles worldwide. Investigators have yet to find a root cause for both issues.
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