Honda Recalls 750,000 Pilots & Odysseys Over Faulty Airbags

20 January 2013, 10:08 pm EST By Alexandra Burlacu email: Mobile & Apps

Honda seems to continue last year's series of large recalls, as the company has now announced it is pulling 748,000 Honda and Odysseys off the market.

Honda has the second-biggest number of recalls for any automaker operating in the U.S. market, and the company is off to a rocky start for this year. The carmaker announced it will recall 2009-13 Pilots and 2011-13 Odysseys because over some missing rivets. Without those rivets, the airbags on the driver's side could fail to deploy properly in case of a crash. Honda is also recalling another 29,000 vehicles sold in Canada.

The company is advising owners of 2009-13 Pilots and 2011-13 Odysseys to take their vehicles to their dealers for inspection of the driver's-side airbags and to have it repaired if necessary.

The missing rivets issue is just the latest in a series of problems Honda has had with airbags - problems that forced the company to recall millions of vehicles in recent years. Such issues include one instance in which airbags risked inflating over-aggressively, causing shrapnel to fire into the passenger's compartment.

"Driver's-side airbags in these vehicles potentially were assembled without some of the rivets that secure the airbag's plastic cover," reads a company statement. "If the rivets are missing, the airbag may not deploy properly, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue."

Honda said it will be contacting owners in mid-February to notify them of the issue. Owners can also contact the company by calling 800-999-1009 and selecting option 4, or by visiting Honda's dedicated Web site.

A series of issues with Honda's cars, including airbag and vehicle fire problems, forced the automaker to recall more vehicles for safety repairs than any other car manufacturer in 2011. Honda came in second in 2012, with 3.9 million vehicles involved in safety campaigns. Toyota came in first last year, after recalling 5.3 million cars, trucks, and crossovers.

Overall, the auto industry saw a 4.5 percent increase in recalls in 2012, according to a preliminary study of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Those recalls involved a whopping 16.2 million vehicles. Toyota and Honda were not only the top two recallers last year, but they have also collectively topped the recall list for the last four years.

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