It has been a few months since the last airbag recall so apparently it is time for another one as the United States government has issued an airbag-related recall this week. Fortunately, this time it is not a Takata airbag recall—which, by the way, not enough drivers are pursuing—but instead the airbags installed specifically in the 2019 Honda CR-V. Apparently, the issue is that these safety features could, potentially, pop open onto the driver at random times.
According to recall documents filed with the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall warns that the issue does not just affect random deployment of the driver’s side airbags. The recall warns, in fact, that in some cases, they might be disabled altogether.
During an investigation in January, the recall documents describe that the steering wheel’s metal core assemblage, on the affected vehicles, could potentially contain burrs. It is these burrs that can cause premature damage to the cable reel sub-harness which, in turn, short-circuits the column. This could, potentially, render the steering wheel-mounted control buttons inoperable; and perhaps also cause illumination of the Supplemental Restraint System warning light as well as the aforementioned uncommanded deployment of the airbag. Of course, if the vehicle is involved in a crash, the SRS safety feature might malfunction, as well; and this will likely increase injury risk.
Unfortunately, Honda has already received three reports of injury in related to these particular airbags and this issue (in which airbags in 2019 CR-V vehicles suddenly deployed). In addition, the company also received six other reports of sudden airbag deployment, though none of those resulted in a crash.
The recall includes nearly 118,600 CR-V small SUVs from the 2019 model year. It also affects roughly 19,000 automobiles in Canada and South Korea. This, of course, contributes to the shocking number of Honda vehicle recalls, which is now up to nearly 13 million, in the United States alone. This is still a far better outcome than the 21 million defective Takata airbag recalls, which have resulted in more than a dozen deaths due to exploding inflators, as well as more than 200 injuries.