The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on Tuesday that Honda is recalling 750,000 vehicles across 16 models due to airbag malfunctions.
Honda models included in the recall are the Accord, Civic, CR-V, Fit, HR-V, Insight, Odyssey, Passport, Pilot, and Ridgeline. There are several models of Acura being recalled as well, including the MDX, RDX, and TLX. All of the recalled models are from 2020–2022.
The recall is due to a faulty passenger airbag in the models which causes the airbag to deploy unintentionally during minor accidents or collisions, posing a significant safety risk. “The front passenger seat weight sensor may crack and short circuit, failing to suppress the airbag as intended,” the report explains.
These sensors are typically used to disengage the airbag when children or smaller adults are in the seat. In their letter to the NHTSA, Honda acknowledged that they logged 3,834 warranty claims regarding this issue between June 30, 2020 and January 19, 2024. However, no injuries or deaths have been reported due to the malfunction.
Honda will mail notification letters to affected owners on March 18. Dealers will replace the weight sensor at no cost. In the meantime, Honda and Acura owners may contact the customer service line at 1-888-234-2138. Callers should reference recall numbers XHP and VHQ. You may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.
It’s been a tough few months for Honda and Acura owners. In December, the company recalled 2.5 million models made between 2017 and 2020 due to an improperly molded fuel pump impeller. Because of this, the engine could stall while driving, potentially leading to a fatal crash. Many of the same models named in the most recent recall—including the Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V, HR-V, Ridgeline, and Odyssey—were also included in December’s.