Honda to Recall Select Models Over Airbag Defect, Includes 2020 – 2022 Odyssey

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a recall for select Honda model vehicles effecting more than 750,000 cars, SUVs, minivans, and pickups over a defect that that may cause air bags to deploy when they should not.

The recall includes models of the Honda Civic, Accord, CR-V, Fit, HR-V, Insight, Odyssey, Pilot, Passport, Ridgeline, as well as the Acura MDX, RDX and TLX, from model years between 2020 and 2022.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that because of the flaw, frontal and knee air bags could deploy in a crash when deployment should not happen. It could cause injuries to infants in car seats, children, and anyone smaller than 4 feet 11 inches, the agency said.

“The specific defect is that a “capacitor in the printed circuit board of the front passenger seat weight sensor which may crack and lead to an internal short circuit from the exposure to environmental humidity,” NHTSA said in a report dated Monday.

The circuit board problem originated with a supplier that switched the base material of the board because of a natural disaster, according to the agency.

Honda has had no reports of injuries or deaths related to the problem as of Jan. 19.

The specific vehicles affected are:

2020-2022 Honda Accord
2020-2021 Honda Accord Hybrid
2020 Honda Civic 2-door
2020-2022 Honda Civic 4-door
2021-2022 Honda Civic hatchback
2021 Honda Civic Type R
2020-2021 Honda CR-V
2020-2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid
2020 Honda Fit
2020-2022 Honda HR-V
2021 Honda Insight
2020-2022 Honda Odyssey
2020-2022 Honda Pilot
2020-2021 Honda Passport
2020-2021 Honda Ridgeline
2020 Acura MDX
2022 Acura MDX
2020-2022 Acura RDX
2020-2021 Acura TLX

Affected owners should start to get notifications on March 18 and can take cars to Honda and Acura dealers for replacement of the faulty part.

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