NHTSA Safety Recall Update — March 25, 2015

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NHTSAThis week’s allotment of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) letters are surprisingly sparse. As a matter of fact, only a single entry totaling more than 100,000-units is present. The American Honda Motor Company has had a real challenge on their hands when it comes to Takata airbag inflators and how to get them replaced in a timely manner. Nearly every other automaker that you can imagine has been affected by the same problem. This time the Takata “bug” has bitten the Honda Civic and Pilot. The Civic is a compact car, sold as either a coupe or sedan and the Pilot which is a popular sport utility vehicle. Log onto BestRide.com frequently as we are constantly updating safety recalls, posting automotive news and views, and providing you with millions of listings for new and used vehicles from all over the country.

Remember to look inside the driver door jamb (most vehicles) to find the production date (Month/Year). This information could help you in determining whether or not your ride is under a NHTSA recall.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V153000
Honda Recall Campaign Number:

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2001 Honda Accord, 2004 Honda Civic, and 2008 Honda Pilot vehicles. Approximately 104,871 vehicles are expected for inclusion under this recall campaign.

Cause: Upon deployment of the driver side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.

Concern: In the event of a motor vehicle crash necessitating deployment of the driver side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring vehicle occupants.

Correction: Honda will notify owners with specific instructions for locating qualified dealers that will replace the driver side frontal air bag inflator in all affected vehicles, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009.

NOTE: Always wear your safety belts. This recall is an expansion of recall 14V-351.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.